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Williamson County TX
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GEORGETOWN, TEXAS

Williamson County Seat, Texas Hill Country

3039'04"N 9740'53"W (30.651187, -97.681333)
I 35 and Hwy 29 at the San Gabriel River
27miles N of Austin
Population: 67,140 Est. (2016)
47,400 (2010) 28,339 (2000) 14,842 (1990)

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Georgetown TX - town square
Georgetown town square
TE Photo, September 2004

Georgetown, Texas Topics:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Georgetown Landmarks / Attractions / Photos
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  • History in a Pecan Shell

    The Tonkawa Indians had an established village on the river many years before the arrival of settlers. Founded in 1848, Georgetown was named to honor George Washington Glasscock, (namesake of Glasscock County as well) who donated land for the town.

    Georgetown was a population of immigrants with Swedish, German, Austrian, Swiss, Moravian and Czech settlers joining transplanted Americans from Tennessee, South Carolina and other Southern states.

    Southwestern University was founded in 1873 and Georgetown received a railroad five years later. From the 1880s to the 1920s the production of cotton was the major economic engine. A railroad to Austin was completed in 1904.

    A flood in 1921 resulted in the impounding of the San Gabriel River and eventually led to the creation of Lake Georgetown, which (officially) opened in 1979.

    Population growth has been explosive during the 1980s and 90s, although downtown Georgetown has managed to maintain it's 19th Century charm.

    Georgetown Landmarks / Attractions

    Georgetown, TX - The restored 1911 Williamson County courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
    Williamson County Courthouse
    Williamson County Old jail in Georgetown, Texas
    TE Photo, September 2004
    Historic Williamson County Jail
  • National Register Historic Districts -
    1. Williamson County Courthouse District
    2. Belford National District
    3. The University Avenue/Elm Street District
    Visitor Center has walking and driving tour information

  • San Gabriel Park -
    "The South San Gabriel River flows through beautiful San Gabriel Park ... The park is situated in downtown Georgetown within walking distance of the historical district." ... more

  • Family Playscape - Build for children in San Gabriel Park

  • Lake Georgetown

  • Inner Space Cavern

  • Sun City Georgetown's Legacy Hills Golf Course

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  • Downtown Georgetown at dusk
    TE Photo, December 2005
    Georgetown TX - Masonic Lodge with Moon
    Moon over Georgetown Masonic Lodge
    TE Photo, December 2005
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    Georgetown Ironwork
    TE Photo, December 2005
    St. John's Methodist Church, Georgetown, Texas
    St. John's Methodist Church in Georgetown
    TE Photo

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    PEOPLE

    Robert McAlpin Williamson
    - Namesake of Williamson County
  • Three-Legged Willie Stood Tall by Clay Coppedge
    In front of the Williamson Museum in Georgetown is a statue of the county's namesake, Robert McAlpin Williamson. Dapper in a long-tailed coat, double-breasted vest and cane, he projects all the strength and wisdom we'd expect to see in a namesake. But wait a minute. What's the deal with that leg? Or legs? more

  • Three-legged Willie by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical" Column)

  • Bill Pickett by Clay Coppedge
    "Pickett is honored not only with a spot in the Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame but also with the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo in Oklahoma. Pickett Elementary School in Georgetown is named for him."

  • Williamson County Area Destinations:
  • Williamson County - Towns & Ghost Towns

  • Good old New Corn Hill by Clay Coppedge

  • Williamson County CR366 Bridge

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  • Georgetown Tourist Information
    Georgetown Visitor Center -
    Attractions, shopping, dining, lodging and events information.
    101 West 7th St.
    800-436-8696
    http://www.georgetown.org/
    City of Georgetown
    Address 113 E. 8th Street Georgetown, Texas 78626
    Mailing Address PO Box 409 Georgetown, Texas 78627
    General information, City Hall 512.930.3652

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