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In 1827, Dr. Thomas Jefferson Gazley arrived and set the pace of development. Near this site he built the first house and established the first store, which served incoming settlers and the friendly Lipan and Tonkawa Indians. He worked as Clerk and Secretary in the Mexican government and was granted a Mexican license to practice medicine. Gazley helped write the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Texas Constitution. During the Texas War for Independence, he fought as a citizen soldier-surgeon in the battles of Gonzales, Concepcion Mission, and San Jacinto. After the war he moved to Harrisburg, practiced Probate Law, and was elected to the Second Legislature of the Republic of Texas. Upon returning to Smithville in 1846, he established a riverboat landing to service the Kate Ward, which traveled from Matagorda to Austin. Following his death in 1853, he was first buried here in the Gazley Cemetery, and in 1937 he was reinterred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

 

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Main Street Closure on Wednesday, March 15th

An ABC TV pilot will be filmed on Main Street this Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  The 200 block of Main Street from Loop 230 to 1st Street will be closed...

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TXDOT working at Loop 230 and Main Street

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will be working at the Light at Loop 230 and Main starting Monday, Feb. 6. Expect minor traffic delays. Part...

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City of Smithville Holiday Schedule

Below you will find the City of Smithville Holiday schedule.  This information will be communicated on our City website, Facebook Page, and inside the...

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