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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Lampasas

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Lampasas

Lampasas is a small town on the northeastern edge of the Texas Hill Country. It was established as a permanent settlement in 1850 by John Burleson and was officially incorporated in 1883. The town is home to seven mineral springs, so it was a popular tourist attraction and encampment site in the late 19th century.

The town is only 6.2 square miles, with a population just over 6,000, but don’t let its size fool you. There’s a lot going on in this Hill Country gem! Check out a few things you didn’t know about Lampasas.

5. Spring Ho Festival

5 Things You Didn't Know About Lampasas

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Lampasas residents hold an annual fair called the Spring Ho festival every July. It was the brainchild of residents Milton Boone and Gary Martin in 1972, and it is now a popular, annual weeklong event.

The festival is completely supported by local volunteers and draws visitors from around the area. The week of festivities includes a beauty pageant, talent contest, fishing derby, county fair, parade, BBQ cook off and much more. You can also participate in a 10k, 5k, or 1 mile run!

If you like to dance, be sure to check out the Spring Ho Dance on the Square in the Historic District of Downtown Lampasas.

4. Oldest Spring-fed Pools in Texas

5 Things You Didn't Know About Lampasas

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The spring-fed pools at the historic Hancock Springs Park were established in 1883 and are the oldest spring-fed bathing pools in Texas. Lampasas grew around the springs and still draws its water supply from them. The water flows from Marble Falls limestone and on into Sulphur Creek.

In the 1880s, the springs became famous for their curative properties and Lampasas became a popular health resort. The promoters of the Santa Fe Railway built a 200-room hotel, called Park Hotel, in 1882. It included luxuries like a boardwalk to the springs and several bathhouses. After the property’s short run as a hotel, it was home to Centenary College, until it burned down in 1895. The area is now a city park.

3. Historic Hancock Springs Bathhouse

5 Things You Didn't Know About Lampasas
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