Georgetown, Texas (Images of America Series)

Georgetown, Texas (Images of America Series)

by Donna Scarbrough Josey


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Georgetown, Texas (Images of America Series) by Donna Scarbrough Josey

Before 1840, the land along the three forks of the San Gabriel River attracted trappers, traders, and frontiersmen. The town of Georgetown, situated at the confluence of these forks, was founded and named the Williamson County Seat in May 1848. It quickly grew as an agricultural center. Well-known cattlemen such as future Nevada governor John Sparks and the Snyder Brothers lived in Georgetown, and thousands of cows were driven right through downtown to the famed Chisholm Trail. Economic forces lined up favorably for this small village as cattle, cotton, and railroads combined to set off a boom in growth. Southwestern University, established here in 1873, further influenced the character of Georgetown. The wild cowboy town full of saloons and gambling halls soon developed great opportunities for education and business. Today the courthouse square from that earlier era is one of the most intact Victorian town squares in Texas. Georgetown is now recognized for its outstanding quality of life, vibrant business community, and award-winning historic preservation efforts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738584508
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/05/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,205,137
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Author Donna Scarbrough Josey is a lifelong resident of Georgetown. She has been active in the Georgetown Heritage Society and involved in downtown business, tourism, and historic preservation. Ms. Josey gathered the vintage images for this book from several local collections.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Early Years 9

2 Growth and Prosperity 37

3 Small Town Life 67

4 The “Main Street” Revolution 99

5 Growth and Preservation 113

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