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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

21,027
6.9
713.9
712.8
800–1,669
32.23
33.4
95.6
9,219
3.6
$39,444,858
$46,808
$2,545,510,270
$226,093,638

map of Lampasas County
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Physical Features: Central Texas on edge of Hill Country; Colorado, Lampasas rivers; cedars, oaks, pecans.

Economy: Many employed at Fort Hood, several industrial plants, agribusinesses, tourism.

locator map for Lampasas County

History: Mineral springs attracted first Anglo-Americans in 1853. Frontier confrontations between settlers, Comanches continued into 1870s. County created, organized, in 1856 from Bell, Travis counties. Named for river. Some have speculated that an early expedition named river for city of Lampazos in Mexico.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 72.6; Black, 4.1; Hispanic, 19.2; Asian, 1.4; Other, 1.6; Two or more races, 2.9.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 248; deaths, 197; marriages, 118; divorces, 78.

Recreation: Scenic drives; state park; deer hunting, fishing in streams; Hancock Springs free-flow swim area at Lampasas.

Minerals: Sand and gravel, building stone.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hay, goats, exotic animals. Market value $16.1 million. Hunting leases, ecotourism.

LAMPASAS (7,757) county seat; commuters to Ft. Hood, industrial plants, agriculture, tourism; historic downtown; hospital, college extensions; museum; Spring Ho in July.

Other towns include: Bend (115, partly in San Saba County); Izoro (17); Kempner (1,087); Lometa (857) market and shipping point; Diamondback Jubilee in March.

old gasoline pumps in front a the store at Nix

Old gasoline pumps in front of the store at Nix. Photo by Robert Plocheck.