in a Pecan Shell
A timeline of significant events in Dripping Springs’ history:
1849: a man named Fawcett is thought to be the founding settler. In
the 1850s, other settlers arrived and began farming. The town became
a regional center shortly before the start of the Civil War.
1857: Dripping Springs was granted their post office.
1881: The Dripping Springs Academy opened
1884: The town’s population reaches 130.
Dripping Springs was right on the road between Austin
and Fredericksburg. That and
its water guaranteed a prosperous future.
In the first part of the 20th century, Dripping Springs became northern
Hays County’s principal town.
In the mid-1980s the population was just over 600. By 1990 its population
had risen to over 1,000.
Having the word Dripping in your town’s name has contributed some
amusing anecdotes over the years. Locals are used to it, but outsiders
do a double-take when they read a headline stating: “Dripping Native
to run for Office.”
A Visit to
Looks like the town is booming and new growth is swallowing up the
old part of town. I can only speculate most of the growth is from
nearby Austin, TX and a
desire for those to live in a small town atmosphere. - William
Beauchamp, June 27, 2009
Reunion at Camp Ben McCulloch
by Mike Cox
" ... The first, second, and third generations of Confederate
veterans are long gone, but the annual reunion at Camp Ben McCulloch
[ near Dripping Springs] marches on."
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