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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Hill Country : Izora

IZORO, TEXAS

Lampasas County, Texas Hill Country
18 miles NE of Lampasas on FM 1690
8 miles East of Hwy 281
87 miles NW of Austin
W of Killeen

Population: (est) 50

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Izoro, Texas old Texaco station
The "old gas station pulling duty as a post office."
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, August 2004
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The name:
Higgins Gap, named after a family of early settlers, was Izoro's original name. In 1886 when a post office was applied for, they submitted the name of a local woman, Izoro Gilliam. Our source* says she "undoubtably was an extraordinary person" but it's also possible that the postmaster was smitten.

Guns in Church: Local folklore tells of a romantic tragedy which occurred in the early 1900s. Two young people met and decided to marry despite their families' objections. One Sunday morning, things came to an ugly head with both the girl's father and would-be husband dead from gunplay. Several other family members of both sides were wounded.

* Little Towns of Texas, Jayroe Graphic Arts, Jacksonville, Texas, 1981

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Taking Dead Aim in Izoro by Clay Coppedge

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Taking Dead Aim in Izoro by Clay Coppedge

If you keep in mind that Izoro is more of a destination of the mind than an actual physical destination you are likely to have a fine time getting there.

Izoro is on Farm Road 1690, about 18 miles northeast of the city of Lampasas, five miles east of the Lampasas River and a little more than three miles from Franklin Mountain, which rises 250 feet over Bear Branch and qualifies as a mountain because of its general Grand Prairie setting.

Though about all that's in Izoro now is an old gas station pulling duty as a post office, it's not hard to see why people settled here. There's the mountain, the creeks running to the Lampasas and a nice view of the surrounding land.

The pleasant setting belies a bloody past. ... more
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