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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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BURN BAN RESCINDED

Bastrop County Commissioner's Court rescinded the county-wide BURN BAN on Monday, February 12th. 

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BURN BAN IN EFFECT

Bastrop County Commissioners Court issued a county-wide BURN BAN in effect until further notice.  

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City of Smithville CLOSED due to Winter Weather

Due to multiple road closures and icy conditions throughout the area, the City of Smithville will be CLOSED today.  The City will delay opening until ...

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