Click the button on the left for an Adobe Reader Document containing a easy to read, print and/or save map of the Lampasas, Texas National Registered Historic District. Don't forget, you can use the "Zoom" in Adobe for easier reading!
Click the button on the left to read the 45 page application to the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, for the National Register of Historic Places, the Registration Form. (Adobe Reader Document)
The next paragraph is an excerpt from the National Register of Historic Places application to the United States Department of the Interior, National Parks Service. (full application available by clicking the above right button) Section 8, Page 25.....
The Frontier Town With the passing of the buffalo and the growth of the cattle market following the war, Lampasas County became a center of the cattle industry. During the 1870s, it was on the direct route of many of the major cattle trails to Kansas, Colorado, and other states. Early Lampasas had the reputation of being a wide open, wild frontier town, especially in the early 1870s. Cattle was the biggest business and rustling one of the worst of crimes. Drinking whiskey, playing cards, and firing pistols in celebration led to arrests and sometimes more serious gun play. One of the most famous violent incidents took place in 1873, when a company of state police came into town to make arrests. Things went bad for the police when they attempted to arrest one of the Horrell gang. The police entered Jerry Scott ’ s Lampasas Saloon on the square where a gunfight with members of the Horrell gang and the state police occurred and resulted in the fatal wounding and deaths of four state policeman. In 1877, the second chapter of violence involving the Horrells began when Pink Higgins entered a saloon and shot and killed Merritt Horrell. The Horrell Higgins Feud would become one of the most famous Texas feuds. Local legend says that Merritt Horrell died in the same saloon building that the state police were killed in. Later in this same year the Horrell and Higgins factions exchanged gun fire on the streets around the courthouse square resulting in the deaths of two men. In the 1880s there were saloons in many different buildings in and around the square. Saloons have operated out of several buildings on the square and along Third Street. There was a “ variety show ” upstairs over Vanity John ’ s Can Can Stable. By 1908, local option elections finally brought an end to the saloon trade in Lampasas and the saloons closed their doors for the last time.
The below map was produced within a brochure by the Lampasas Courtyard Square Association. The brochure and map would not exist without the efforts of Nancy Gray (visit website) and Historian Jeff Jackson (visit website), both of Lampasas. Many thanks to everyone involved!
The below map is from the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (application for). Visit Preservation Lampasas, Inc.
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Downtown Lampasas, a National Registered Historic District!