Marker Title: James Jackson Beeman
Year Marker Erected: 1971
Marker Location: Lampasas Cemetery (inside Oak Hill Cemetery, Block
#2), 702 Porter Street, Lampasas.
Marker Text: (December 21, 1816 - December 7, 1888) One of the first
settlers in Dallas and Weatherford. Born in Madison County, Ill., came
to Texas 1840. He helped cut first road in Trinity Bottoms, name Turtle
Creek (1841), and plat city of Dallas, 1842. He guided Texas President
Sam Houston to Indian parley, 1843; joined California Gold Rush, 1849;
pioneered, Parker County, 1854; aided in rescue of Comanche captive
Cynthia Ann Parker, 1860. Returned to Dallas to live, 1864. Died in
Marker Title: James S. Gillett
Year Marker Erected: 1971
Marker Location: Lampasas Cemetery, Oakhill Cemetery, Block #1, 702
Porter Street (in end), Lampasas.
b: (1810-1874) Lawyer and frontier fighter. Born in Kentucky.
Attained rank of Major in Mexican War, 1846-49. He was elected to the
3rd Texas Legislature, serving 1849-50. Appointed by Gov. P. H. Bell,
he was Adjutant General of Texas, Nov. 24, 1851, to Feb. 4, 1856. He
was again in the Texas Rangers in 1859-60 and served under Confederacy
in Civil War, 1861-65. He married Elizabeth Harper. One of their children
was famed Texas Ranger James B. Gillett.
Marker Title: Garrison Greenwood
Year Marker Erected: 1968
Marker Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cemetery Block #, 702 W. Porter
Marker Text: (December 19, 1799-October 18, 1859) A Ranger in Republic
of Texas, Greenwood left Illinois to avoid Indian Wars. Arrived in Texas
(then part of Mexico) in 1833 with wagon train of Baptist Daniel Parker.
In 1835 he helped found Fort Houston (in present Anderson County); set
up a Ranger post on Trinity River to fight Indians. In 1836 he led local
settlers fleeing to Louisiana in front of Santa Anna's army in "Runaway
Scrape." Spent rest of life as Texas farmer. Had 14 children.
Marker Title: Horrell-Higgins Feud
Address: Lampasas County Courthouse (west side)
Year Marker Erected: 2000
Marker Text: The Horrell and Higgins families were among the early settlers
of Lampasas County. Tom, Mart, Merritt and Sam Horrell were accused
of many crimes, including cattle rustling and murder. Pink Higgins was
a cattleman and trail driver who, in 1876, began accusing the Horrell
brothers of stealing his cattle. On January 22, 1877, Pink Higgins shot
and killed Merritt Horrell in the Gem Saloon. This was the beginning
of a six-month battle between the Horrell brothers and Pink Higgins,
Bob Mitchell, Bill Wren and their followers. On March 26, Tom and Mart
Horrell were ambushed on their way into Lampasas. Captain John C. Sparks
of the Texas Rangers went in pursuit, but no one was captured. Higgins
remained a fugitive, but eventually surrendered and was ordered to appear
in court. On June 4, the Lampasas County District Clerk's Office was
burglarized and District Court records were destroyed. Three days later,
the biggest battle of the feud took place on the public square in Lampasas;
one man from each side was killed. Major John B. Jones, commander of
the Texas Ranger Frontier Battalion, came to Lampasas and sent Sergeant
N. O. Reynolds and a company of Rangers out to capture the Horrells.
The brothers were arrested and agreed to make peace by sending a letter
of reconciliation to the Higgins party. This treaty was the formal end
to one of the worst feuds in Texas history. What was perhaps the true
termination of the feud came in 1878 in the town of Meridian, when Tom
and Mart Horrell were murdered in their jail cell by a vigilante mob.
Sam Horrell left Texas, resettled in Oregon and died of old age. Pink
Higgins eventually settled near Spur in West Texas and went to work
as a range detective. (2000)
Marker Title: Moses Hughes Home, 1856
Year Marker Erected: 1966
Marker Location: from Lampasas, take FM 580 west about 5 miles.
Marker Text: Family kept a mule tied to live oak in the yard, to bray
and warn them of Indian attack. RTHL - 1966
Marker Title: Huling Cottage
Year Marker Erected: 1965
Marker Location: 205 Second Street, Lampasas.
Marker Text: Built 1860-1872. Native limestone and cedar. New England
colonial architecture. Bought 1872 for $3,000 in gold by Mrs. Elizabeth
Bullock Smith Huling, who as an orphan from Kentucky was in the group
of Texas families fleeing toward the Sabine River just ahead of Santa
Anna's army in the 1836 "Runaway Scrape". Her husband, Thomas
B. Huling (1805-1865), was in the revolution, and was later a Republic
of Texas Congressman.
Marker Title: Indian Culture Sites
Year Marker Erected: 1969
Marker Text: Scattered throughout this area, campsites, flint quarries,
and rock paintings testify that primitive tribes lived here for centuries.
Tonkawas, Comanches, and Lipan Apaches were the main inhabitants in
the early 1800s. Typical of the sites was a burial found near a river.
The shallow grave contained the tightly flexed skeleton of a man aged
about 60 at his death. Pitted bones (indicating disease), a broken arm,
and worn teeth suggested the difficulty of his life. A pebble painted
with black lines, probably an offering, was also found near the burial.
Marker Title: Kempner
Marker Text: Settled in 1850s; town established in 1882. Named for railroad
official Harris Kempner (March 7, 1837-April 13, 1894), 1856 immigrant
who served in Parsons' Confederate Brigade. In Red River campaign to
prevent U.S. invasion of Texas, he was left on battlefield for dead.
Recovered, he helped to rebuild Texas.
Marker Title: Keystone Hotel
Year Marker Erected: 1965
Marker Location: 404 Second Street, Lampasas.
Marker Text: 1870. Famous early-day stagecoach inn of J.L.N. Gracy.
Windows have keystone arches. Native rock was hauled to site by oxen.
In rear was grave of boy killed by Indians; also bell tower, house for
employees. Wagon yard was across road. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark,
Marker Title: Lampasas County
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: at rest stop, Highway 281, about 3.5 miles west of
Marker Text: Formed from Travis and Bell counties; created February
1, 1856; organized March 10, 1856; The name Lampazos, first given to
the river by the Spaniards, was suggested by the many cockle-burs in
the region. First settlements about 1850; first railroad, 1882; county
seat, Burleson, after 1856, called Lampasas.
Marker Title: Lampasas County, C. S. A.
Year Marker Erected: 1965
Marker Location: Courthouse Square, Western & 3rd, Lampasas.
Marker Text: Organized 1856; had 1028 people in 1860; favored secession
by 85 to 75 vote in 1861. Sent 2 units to serve in Texas State Troops,
2nd Frontier District; one unit to 17th Texas Infantry; 2 units to 27th
Brigade, Texas Militia. Also had 48 Minute Men in 6 patrols to guard
home front and property of men away at war. After a week of duty, each
unit returned home to aid women and children tending cattle, crops.
Helped supply frontier troops and miners in Longhorn Caverns. Indians
still roamed here during Civil War, stealing horses, killing hunters
Marker Title: Gunfight at the Lampasas Saloon
Year Marker Erected: 2000
Marker Location: west side of Lampasas County Courthouse lawn, Lampasas.
Marker Text: In the early 1870s Lampasas was a wild frontier town. In
January 1873 Sheriff S.T. Denson was shot while arresting brothers Wash
and Mark Short. The district judge sent men to apprehend the Short brothers,
but the posse was stopped by Ben, Tom, and Mart Horrell and several
others. Sheriff Denson and the justices of the peace of Lampasas County
appealed to Governor Edmund J. Davis for the assistance of the State
Police. On February 10, Governor Davis issued a proclamation prohibiting
the carrying of sidearms in Lampasas. On March 14, Captain Thomas Williams
and seven state policemen entered Lampasas to enforce the proclamation.
The State Police immediately arrested Bill Bowen for carrying a gun
in town. Bowen persuaded Captain Williams and two of his men to enter
Jerry Scott's Lampasas Saloon, this led to a gunfight between the State
Police and the Horrell brothers and their associates. Three officers
were killed in the saloon and a fourth was fatally wounded while trying
to escape. The police were buried in Lampasas, but Captain Williams
was reinterred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. More State Police
came to Lampasas and joined forces with the sheriff and Lampasas and
Burnet County Minute Men companies to search for the Horrell Gang. They
arrested four men connected with the incident. In early May the Horrell
gang attacked the Georgetown Jail and released Mart Horrell and Jerry
Scott form custody. The Horrell gang remained in the Lampasas area until
September when they left for New Mexico. In 1874 they returned to Lampasas.
In 1876 the Horrell brothers stood trial for the murder of the State
Police, but were found not guilty. (2000)
Marker Title: Phantom Hill Road
Year Marker Erected: 1974
Marker Location: from Lampasas, take SH 190 west about 2 miles.
Marker Text: In 1851-52, in a major reorganization of the frontier defense
system, the U.S. Army built a line of 7 forts between the Red River
and the Rio Grande to protect the scattered remote settlements and travel
routes to California. On Nov. 14, 1851, Fort Phantom Hill was established
near present Abilene (120 miles NW) by Col. J. J. Abercrombie and the
5th Infantry. The Phantom Hill Road, the vital transportation and communication
link between the fort and military headquarters at Austin (80 miles
SE), was the first road in Lampasas County, and crossed at this site.
Supply trains of up to 24 wagons drawn by mules, horses, and oxen passed
along this route to the frontier fort. The road was used primarily by
the military until the abandonment of Fort Phantom Hill on April 6,
1854, but also served as a thoroughfare for early settlers entering
the region and continued in that capacity until after the Civil War.
About 1870, traffic passing through the area was diverted to the Senterfitt
Stage Station (1.5 miles SW), and this section of the road abandoned.
Several isolated segments of the Phantom Hill Road remain in use in
the county, and physical evidence of the Emy's Creek Crossing (200 yards
S) still exists.