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Hays County Texas

Hays County was organized from the southwestern portion of Travis County in 1848 and named for Captain John Coffee "Jack" Hays, a legendary Texas Ranger and one of the best known and respected Texans of his day.

Settlement of the land began a few years earlier when families, mostly by way of Bastrop County, began to put down roots along Onion Creek and on the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers.  The census of 1850, the first conducted after Texas became a state, found 387 people living in the county.  

At that time, San Marcos, the county seat, was the only town. The settlements of Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Niederwald, Uhland, Wimberley, and a few others, since abandoned, came throughout the next half-century.   Hays County prospered following the Civil War. The arrival of the railroad in 1881, linking Hays County more closely with the major trade centers of Texas and the nation, boosted growth even more. [Source: Hays County Historical Commission]

Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.
HAYS COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Built in 1909
 

CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES

*Bear Creek * Buda * Dripping Springs * Driftwood  * Hays * Kyle *
* Mountain City * San Marcos (county seat) * Wimberley * Woodcreek  *

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Website Updates:
Aug 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendly
May 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
Jan 2017: Visiting News: FUNK, BRUCE, JACKMON, SVARTZ, MALONE, BARBEE, KYLE, PECK, RAMSAY, MCKEE, SULLIVAN, SWANCOAT, CLIETT, PETTIT, KING, MCKAY, HARRISON, STEWART, KEETON, DEZELLE; Marriage News: KENNEDY, COOKE
Sept 2016: Cemeteries: SAN MARCOS CEMETERY - Transcribed by Nancy Overlander
May 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Feb 2016: World War 1 Honor Roll
 
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