Established as Burleson in the early 1850s, the name was changed with the creation of Lampasas County, and the town was made county seat. Sulphur springs, popular among Native Americans long before white settlers arrived, still flow about half a mile from the recently restored courthouse, which is in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic structures include Keystone Hotel, an early Texas landmark-stagecoach stop. Hunters find white-tailed deer, wild turkey, quail and mourning dove, as well as excellent fishing in local creeks, and Lampasas and Colorado rivers.
Hancock Park, a 109-acre municipal facility, includes Hancock Springs, the source of water for public baths a century ago.
Lampasas lies on U.S. 190, a segment of the Ports-to-Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Downtown buildings feature local limestone construction; several have been restored. Most were originally built in the 1880s.
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