An Archetype Of The Wild Frontier

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Once upon a time Lampasas County was an archetype of the Wild Frontier. Lampasas experienced everything associated with the Old West from Indian attacks to family feuds and gunfights, to fires and floods, to cattle drives and ranching, to taking the cure at mineral springs. Lampasas was organized as a county by the Sixth Texas Legislature and named for the Lampasas River on March 10, 1856, but its citizens walked on the rough side of the law until well into the 1870s. Oak Hill Cemetery, distinguished with a Texas historical marker, is a who 's who gallery of rogues, settlers and business leaders from Lampasas County 's past.
The terrain ranges from high rolling prairie to flat prairie, with steep to moderate hills. Mineral springs and spring-fed creeks abound. A wide variety of trees thrive in the Lampasas area including live oak, juniper, mesquite, elm and pecan. The first settlers arrived in the late 1840s and early 1850s. John Patterson, honored with a Texas historical marker, arrived in Lampasas in 1854, and became the first settler to cultivate land in the county. The region attracted Anglo settlers because of its plentiful building materials, water and game including fish, wild turkey, deer and buffalo. The settlers soon found that the area was perfect for raising livestock. Of course for these same reasons the Lampasas area had long been attractive to the Indians as well, especially the Comanches and Tonkawas.
There were many reports of Indian attacks in Lampasas

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