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Williamson County Texas
Williamson County is in Central Texas just north of Austin.
It was founded March 13, 1848, and named for Robert McAlpin Williamson, a leader and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. Georgetown, the county's largest town, serves as the county seat.
The Anglo settlement began during the Texas Revolution and the early days of the Republic of Texas, when the area was part of Milam County. In 1835, in an attempt to strengthen the frontier against Indian attack, a military post was built near the headwaters of Brushy Creek in what would become southwestern Williamson County and was named for Capt. John J. Tumlinson, Jr., the commander of the company of Texas Rangers who garrisoned the post. The post was abandoned in February of 1836, when its garrison was withdrawn to deal with the Mexican invasion. In 1838 the first civilian settlement was established by a Dr. Thomas Kenney and a party of settlers who built a fort, named Kenney's Fort, on Brushy Creek near the site of the present-day crossing of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. Several other sites on Brushy Creek were settled soon after, but Indian raids kept white settlement in check, and a number of the early pioneers, including Kenney, were killed by Indians over the next few years. In 1842 many of the early farms were abandoned when Governor Sam Houston advised settlers to pull back from the frontier. The Indian threat eased after 1846, and part of the influx of settlers who came to Texas after its annexation traveled to the frontier along Brushy Creek and the San Gabriel River. By 1848 there were at least 250 settlers in what was then western Milam County, and in the early months of that year 107 of them signed a petition to organize a new county. Recognizing that the petitioners needed a seat of local government that was considerably closer to them than Milam County's, the Texas legislature established Williamson County on March 13, 1848, naming it for prominent judge and soldier Robert M. Williamson. Georgetown, the county seat, was laid out during the summer of that year, and the district court was in session by October.
[Excerpted from: Mark Odintz, "WILLIAMSON COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association]Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.WILLIAMSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
* Bartlett * Brushy Creek * Cedar Park * Coupland * Florence * Georgetown * Granger * Hutto * Jarrell * * Jollyville * Jonah * Leander * Liberty Hill * Macedonia * Norman's Crossing * Rice's Crossing * Round Rock * Schwertner * Serenada * Sonterra * Taylor * Thrall * Walburg * Waterloo * Weir
* Palm Valley *
Bartlett lies on the line between Williamson and Bell counties.
Cedar Park, Leander, and Round Rock extend into Travis County.
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