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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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Special Called Meeting of the City Council - Monday, June 19, 2017.

The City Council will hold a Special Called Meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 19, 2017 at City Hall (317 Main) to seek public input, discuss, and take act...

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ONE WAY Traffic on NE 2nd Will Become Effective FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017

Beginning Friday, June 9, 2017 traffic on NE 2nd (between Main Street and Olive heading east) will become ONE WAY.   Please exercise caution in t...

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Garbage Pickup Schedule for Memorial Day Holiday

Garbage Pickup Schedule for 2017 Holidays in Smithville Have a wonderful holiday!

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