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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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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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CITY OF SMITHVILLE - DELAYED OPENING

Due to the weather forecast and prediction of icy roads, the City of Smithville Offices will delay opening until NOON tomorrow - Tuesday, January 16, 2018....

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Loop 230 & Main Street Lane Closure - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

A TXDOT Contractor will be begin cutting the roadway at the intersection of Loop 230  and Main Street as part of the four corner pedestrian ...

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