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Smithville's reputation is that of a railroad town, yet it offers an even richer history. Fertile land and the Colorado River attracted pioneers with energy, dreams, and a hunger to build. After Thomas Gazley chose head-right land in Stephen F. Austin's Second Colony in 1827, area settlers joined the fray to secure a Texas free from Mexico's supremacy. Some represented Bastrop County in the new Republic of Texas's legislature. Others stayed home and built a village on the banks of the Colorado. Businessmen influenced the growth of Smithville by attracting the railroad, and soon Smithville was the largest city in the county, offering a place for businesses and families to thrive. Smithville's fortunes have risen and fallen with the railroad, the river, and the Central Texas economy, and it has again become a vital community, this time nurturing scientists, artists, filmmakers, and antique lovers.
ISBN: 9780738570624
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 221
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David Lawrence Herrington, retired from Texas Department of Transportation, is now an associate municipal judge and active community volunteer in Smithville. Carol Phillips Snyder is a retired information systems consultant serving as president of the Smithville Heritage Society. Both authors are active researchers for the society, from whose archives the majority of these historic photographs have been selected.
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