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About an hour’s drive northwest of Austin, Lampasas County is located in the center of the state of Texas, on the northern edge of the Hill Country. Native Americans were the first to discover the area, and they told settlers about the natural sulfur springs there. In the 1850s, Moses Hughes and his ailing wife, Hannah, traveled to the region to drink and bathe in the medicinal waters of the springs. The sulfur cured Hannah, and word traveled quickly. In 1856, Lampasas County was created. The Santa Fe Railroad completed its line from Galveston to the county seat in 1882, and with hotels and bathhouses booming, Lampasas became known as the “Saratoga of the South.” In towns such as Lometa and Kempner, ranchers raised goats and sheep for mohair and wool and cattle for beef. Though fires and floods struck the county on several occasions, Lampasas soldiered on and continues to thrive today.

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The Lampasas County Museum Foundation, Inc., is the governing body of the Keystone Square Museum, which collects and preserves objects related to the history of Lampasas County. More than 200 striking images have been gathered together to illustrate the unique story of this Texas community.

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Title: Sale of county history books to begin

Author: Staff Writer

Publisher: Lampasas Dispatch Record

Date: 2/3/09
The Lampasas County Museum Foundation has announced that Keystone Square Museum's photographic history, "Lampasas County," is slated to be released on Feb. 16. The price will be $21.99 plus tax.
"Lampasas County," at 128 pages, includes over 200 photographs with captions. It is being published by Arcadia Publishing in their Images of America series.
Arcadia is the leading local history publisher in the U.S., with over 4,000 titles in print.
Nine chapters, such as "Old Town Lampasas," "County Life," "The Badgers, the Hornets and the Eagles," "Spreading the Word," and "Cowboys and Crops" give the flavor of Lampasas County from about 1856 through just after the Mother's Day flood of 1957.
The authors made an effort to include as many of the smaller communities and photographs as possible.
The museum plans a publication party near the book's release date, and details will be available in the future.

Title: Images of Lampasas

Author: Rebecca LaFlure

Publisher: Killeen Daily Herald

Date: 2/22/2009
It was the legendary sulfur springs that attracted Lampasas' first permanent settlers in 1853.
Texas pioneer Moses Hughes and his ill wife, Hannah, journeyed to the region after hearing rumors of the area's medicinal waters from Native Americans.
Hannah's health improved, and her recovery was credited to drinking and bathing in the springs. Others soon followed and settled throughout the region's wild Texas frontier.
The book "Images of America: Lampasas County," released Monday, offers a glimpse into the community's history through 128 pages of vintage photographs and captions spanning from the county's founding in 1856 to the early 1960s.
Compiled by the Lampasas County Museum Foundation, the paperback chronicles the area's natural resources and disasters, businesses, schools, architecture, and perhaps most intriguing – the people.
Amy Ellis McDaniel, president of the LCMF, authored the book along with Jane McMillin, a freelance writer and Lampasas native.
McDaniel said the idea for the photo-essay first developed in January 2008.
"We wanted to produce a book that would be affordable," she said. "We thought it would be a good idea for a souvenir, and also we knew there was a lot of interest in historic photographs in the area."
McDaniel said the photos were gathered from the Key Stone Square Museum, operated by the LCMF, as well as files from the Lampasas County Historical Commission and the private collections of local residents.
"It was all a matter of compiling things and deciding how to break up the book in a way that would be interesting, but also cover everything we wanted to cover," she said. "The biggest problem was cutting down photographs because we could only include so many."
McDaniel, who moved to Lampasas four years ago, said researching for the book was a fun way to rediscover unexpected pieces of the county's past.
"We found several smaller towns that don't exist anymore," she said. "When the railroad stopped going through those towns, they eventually faded away."
The book is a part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.
McDaniel said she approached the company after seeing a number of its books profiling other areas in the United States.
With more than 4,000 titles to date, the series offers historical photo-essays to share and preserve communities across the nation.
"We look at certain things like population size, a sense of community pride, and if it's been there a long time so it has a rich history," said Kai Oliver-Kurtin, Arcadia publicity manager.
The book's sales profits will all benefit the Keystone Square Museum in Lampasas.
The books are available for $21.99 at local retailers, online bookstores and through Arcadia Publishing.

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