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Lampasas County Texas

Lampasas County, which has 482,783 acres, was created in 1856 by an act of the State Legislature.
The county seat is Lampasas, which is the agribusiness center and the largest city in the county.
Land uses in Lampasas County are cattle grazing, hay, wheat, sorghum, and some pecan groves.
Lampasas County lies in the Texas Hill Country at the geographical center of Texas. The main natural feature of the county is the many sulphur springs in Lampasas. These were used historically by local Indians and then Spanish people for the healing qualities of the waters. Recreation in Lampasas County is mainly hunting, fishing in the Lampasas and Colorado Rivers and visits to the Colorado Bend State Park, which lies partially in Lampasas County and partially in San Saba County. The name "Lampasas" means lilies or water lily in Spanish.

[Source: Texas A&M Agrilife Extension]

Settlers were drawn to the area after Moses Hughes and his invalid wife, Hannah (Berry), moved near the site of what is now Lampasas in November 1853, seeking to take advantage of the medicinal springs. Another early settler was John Burleson, who had received 1,280 acres, including the site of the future town of Lampasas, for his services during the Texas Revolution. In July 1855 his daughter Elizabeth and her husband, George W. Scott, laid out the town of Burleson in what was then Coryell County. At this time the town consisted of about 500 to 600 people, most of them living in tents and wagons. Other communities established in the 1850s include Adamsville, Gholson, Kempner, and McAnelly's Bend (now Bend, in San Saba County). 

On February 1, 1856, in response to a petition signed by 135 Lampasas County citizens, the Sixth Texas Legislature formed Lampasas County, named after the Lampasas River, from parts of Travis, Bell, and Coryell counties. Burleson, renamed Lampasas, was made the county seat, and the new county was organized on March 10, 1856. Two years later the northeastern corner of Lampasas County became part of Hamilton County. 

During the 1850s and 1860s settlers in Lampasas County suffered from Comanche raids and outlawry. The Lampasas Guards were organized in Lampasas on July 1, 1859, to ward off Indian attacks, but aside from this and an occasional Texas Ranger passing through, there was little law and order until well after the Civil War. As white hunters began to kill off the buffalo for profit and sport, the Indians began to resent encroachment on their hunting grounds and increased their raids on the settlements. Herds were still plentiful through the 1860s, but had largely disappeared by 1875. [Source: Alice J. Rhoades, "LAMPASAS COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]

Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES

 *  Bend (partly in San Saba County) * Copperas Cove (partly in Bell and Coryell Counties) * Kempner
Lampasas * Lometa
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Mar 2017: Cemeteries: Oak Hill - NICHOLS
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