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Courthouse Restoration

It’s been three years since the Mason County Courthouse was destroyed in a fire that rattled the Hill Country town. Designed by architect E.C. Hosford, the courthouse was constructed using local limestone for $39,786 in 1909. The structure's rock walls and two-story columns in the Classical Revival style survived the blaze, but the center dome and clock tower were lost, and the interior of the historic structure gutted. But soon, townspeople will have something to celebrate—the restoration is on track to be completed in August. A dedication ceremony is set to take place June 13. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wishing a very Happy 101st Birthday to Her Imperial Highness The Princess Mikasa! ❤️🎉

She is currently the oldest living royal in the world.Born Yuriko Takagi on June 4, 1923, she was the daughter of a Japanese viscount of the Takagi Clan.She married Takahito, Prince Mikasa, the youngest son of Emperor Yoshihito, in 1941. They have five children.In October 2016, Prince and Princess Mikasa celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary in a hospital room, as the Prince was unwell. He passed away five days later.She has been a working member of the Imperial Family for several decades, although in recent years has been dealing with poor health, including heart problems and contracting COVID at the age of 99 in 2022.Many happy returns, Ma'am! 💕The Crown Intruders (British Royal Family and more) ... See MoreSee Less

Lampasas, TX. Late 1800s early 1900s

Lampasas, Tx., a place shrouded in history and adventure, owes its beginnings to the daring spirit of John Burleson, who settled the area in 1850. As a Texan hero who fought in the Revolution, he was granted 1,280 acres of land, where he forged a permanent settlement. The town initially bore the name of its founder, Burleson, but was eventually renamed Lampasas Springs for the seven magnificent mineral springs that graced the area. Finally, in 1883, the City of Lampasas was officially incorporated, forever etching its name in the annals of Texas.Centuries before the first white settlers arrived, the allure of Lampasas' mineral springs beckoned to the Tonkawas, Apaches, and Comanches. Drawn by the flowing springs and a sprawling countryside teeming with magnificent creatures like white-tail deer, turkeys, pronghorn antelope, and buffalo, the Native Americans found solace in this veritable paradise. The early European settlers, too, were captivated by the land's undeniable charm, discovering its suitability for raising cattle, sheep, and goats. Over time, the mineral springs attracted other visitors seeking remedies for their ailments amidst the sulfuric waters.The origins of the name "Lampasas" have sparked numerous theories, each weaving a tale of its own. According to the Texas Almanac, the name is said to have originated from a Spanish word signifying "lilies," found flourishing in the nearby streams. Another source traces its roots back to the Spanish word "Lampazos," bestowed upon the river by the esteemed Aquayo Expedition in 1721. Another source says that a Mexican town adorned with splendid springs was the muse behind this evocative name.In the annals of Lampasas' rich history, June 7, 1877, stands as a pivotal date, marked by a fierce gunfight that unfolded on its streets. This violent clash, the climax of the Horrell-Higgins feud, turned the town into a fierce battleground. Shots rang out on Third Street, its alley, and Second Street, leaving a somber testament to the region's discord. However, as the turbulent era of the 1870s waned, a new dawn of progress and stability emerged with the railroad's arrival in 1882. The town flourished with the creation of spas and resorts, most notably at Hanna and Sulphur Springs. The renowned Park Hotel near the present-day Hancock Springs Bathhouse was among the esteemed establishments. It stretched 331 feet long and two stories high, boasting 200 guest rooms, welcoming weary travelers from afar. Like a conductor of adventure, the railroad delivered visitors to Lampasas, where mule-drawn streetcars whisked them away to find respite at the Park Hotel or any other six opulent accommodations. Today, the Star Hotel is a testament to the town's glorious past.During the late 1800s, Lampasas flourished as a vibrant community, brimming with life and amenities. A gallant volunteer fire department stood ready to protect the town, while a bustling college and an elegant opera house nurtured minds and entertained spirits ... See MoreSee Less

American Civil War veteran Jacob Miller, photographed in 1911, with a bullet hole in his head that he obtained during the Battle of Chickamauga whilst fighting for the Union Army in 1863. Left for the dead the Union soldier regained consciousness and ended up living for another 54 years. For 31 of those years Miller still had bullet fragments lodged in his head.

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The Landers Hotel in Tolar, Texas ca. early 1900's. Owned by W.D. and Jane Landers it stood on the northwest corner of the intersection of (now) Hwy. 377 and CR201 Tolar Hwy, across from the current Tolar Methodist Church. The structure was demolished in the 1930's. ... See MoreSee Less

The Landers Hotel in Tolar, Texas ca. early 1900s.  Owned by W.D. and Jane Landers it stood on the northwest corner of the intersection of (now) Hwy. 377 and CR201 Tolar Hwy, across from the current Tolar Methodist Church.  The structure was demolished in the 1930s.
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We remember the courageous stand of Adina De Zavala during the “Second Battle of the Alamo.” In February of 1908, this stubborn remarkable woman fought to preserve the Alamo’s historic Long Barrack from destruction. Fearing that the oldest building within the Alamo complex would be forever lost, Adina barricaded herself inside the Long Barracks for three days and nights without food or water. Her actions drew national attention and rallied support for the preservation of the Long Barrack; her dedication was instrumental in saving this site for future generations.

Adina De Zavala’s passion for history and her commitment to preserving our heritage continues to inspire us today. As members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, we honor her legacy by continuing her work to protect and maintain the historic sites that tell the story of our great state. Join us as we celebrate the spirit of Adina De Zavala and her impact on the preservation of Texas history. ... See MoreSee Less

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