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Lampasas

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Lampasas is a city in Lampasas County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,681 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Lampasas County.Lampasas is part of the Killeen - Temple - Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryFor his services in the Texas Revolution, John Burleson received 1280acre of land and established a permanent settlement in the 1850s. The city was first named Burleson; however, the name was gradually changed to Lampasas Springs because of the existence of seven mineral springs. When the county was created in 1856, the law specified “The county seat shall be same name as the county.” The city of Lampasas was officially incorporated in 1883.Several theories attempt to explain how the name Lampasas came to be. The Texas Almanac states the word came from a Spanish word for “lilies” found in nearby streams. Another source states the word comes from the Spanish name Lampazos. The name was given to the local river by the Spanish Aquayo Expedition in 1721. It is believed the name was inspired by a Mexican town that also had beautiful springs. The town was also the location of the birth of the Farmers' Alliance, founded in 1876.The Mother's Day Flood of 1957 saw Sulphur Creek, a local river, strike the city in devastating flash flood which claimed five lives and destroyed many homes, businesses, and other property around downtown Lampasas. In the aftermath, a series of levees and reservoirs were constructed to prevent damage from future catastrophes.
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