City of Lampasas, Texas

Lampasas County Court House

Lampasas County Court House

The city of Lampasas is in Lampasas County, Texas, United States. It is inhabited by 6,681 people as of 2010 census. The city is the headquarter of the Lampasas County; it also comes under the Killen-Temple-Fort-Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A brief History of the area

John Burleson was awarded 1,280 acres of land for his services in the Texas Revolution where he established a permanent settlement in the 1850’s. The settlement was initially named Burleson; however it was changed to Lampasas Springs due to the existence of seven mineral springs in the area. In 1856, when the county was reconstituted, the law stipulated that the county headquarter would be named as the County. Hence, was formed the city of Lampasas in 1883.

There are various theories regarding the origin of the name Lampasas. According to the Texas Almanac the word originates from a Spanish word for “lilies” that grow in the nearby streams. Other possible source could be the Spanish word Lampazos, which was the name given by Spanish Aquayo Expeditio in 1721 to the local river. It is generally believed that the name was given after a Mexican town which also had aesthetic springs. Farmer’s Alliance also constituted in the same Mexican town in 1876.

In 1957, The Mother’s Day flood caused Sulfur Creek, a local river to hit the city with a devastating flash flood in which five people lost their lives and many homes, businesses and properties were destroyed. Thereafter a series of mounds and embankments were made to prevent the repeat of the disaster.

The Spring Ho Festival has been held in July, every year since 1972 in Lampasas.

Lampasas Texas Downtown

Lampasas Texas Downtown

Lampasas like the nearby Mineral Wells, has mineral spring health spas which were once advertised as being able to cure “everything” The Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas was founded by two physicians in 1935, the Hospital has 25 beds. One of the founders of the Hospital, Herbert Bailey Rollins was originally from Pineville, Kentucky. Rollins brook was the smallest accredited hospital in Texas in the year 1958. It was sold in 1981 to a for-profit health care provider from Houston. The Hospital changed many owners over the course of next ten years and in 1991 the Hospital declared bankruptcy and shut down without notice. The citizens through community fund-raisers, raised $600,000 after failing to secure any local government or foundation grant with a view to restart the hospital. The Hospital reopened in 1991 and became the only community hospital to come back from bankruptcy. This story was aired by ABC News with Peter Jennings. The Hospital was sold again in 1997 to Seventh – day Adventist Church. The hospital opened a new surgical section in 2005.

Geography of the place

Lampasas is located 31°3′57″N 98°11′0″W (31.065868, -98.183444). The United States Census Bureau reports that the city spans a total are of 6.3 square miles, of which 6.2 square miles is land and .04 square miles (0.64%) is covered with water.

Demographics

The census of 2010 reported 6786 people, 2554 households and 1711 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,097.3 people per square mile and the 2799 housing units averaged 452.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 84.78% White, 2.03% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.06% from other races and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos constituted 23.11% of the population.

The breakdown of the 2,554 households was as follows:

33% had children under the age of 18 living with them.

Married couples living together constituted 44.4%

13.9% had female householder with no husband present

33.0% of the households were not families.

Individuals made up 29.5% of the households and

16.1% of the households had someone living alone of age 65 years or older.

The average size of household was 2.54, and the average family size was 3.13.

Lampasas Texas

Lampasas Texas

The city had 27.6% of the population under the age of 18, 8.2% between the ages 18 to 21, 25.2% between 25 to 44, 20.2% between 45 to 64 and 64 years or older constituted 18.8%. The median age was 36 years. There were 88.9 males for every 100 females and for every 100 females aged 18 years or over, there were 84 males.

The median household income for a household in the city was $27,898; the same was $31,012 for a family. The median income of males was $26,606 while the women had $19,959 median income. The income per capita for the city was $13,409 and about 18.3% of the families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line which included 28.5% of people under 18 years and 16.9% aged 65 years or over.

Famous people from the Area

  • Horrell brothers, outlaws of the Old West.
  • John Wesley “Lam” Jones: gold medalist (sprinting) at the 1976 Summer Olympics and former NFL football player.
  • Keith Null: American football quarterback and currently a free agent.
  • Wondell Rutledge: American football center, presently a free agent in the Arena Football League.
  • Ricky Smith and his nephew Clinton “Bubba” Smith from Storage Wars, Texas.
  • Chris Mixon: American film and television actor.

Schools in the area

Lampasas Independent School District.

Climate

The climate is usually hot and humid in summers and mild to cool in winters. Lampasas has a humid sub-tropical climate according to the Köppen climate classification system.

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