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ADAMSVILLE, TEXAS

Lampasas County, Texas Hill Country
Highway 281 and FM 581
On the Lampasas River
16.5 Miles N of Lampasas
Population: 41 (2000)

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Adamsville Tx Wood Barn
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement was around 1856 with ranching as the main economy. In 1872 a mill was built near the juncture of Mill Creek and the Lampasas River. This mill was two miles SE of present-day Adamsville. Originally a water-powered sawmill, stones for grinding meal were added shortly thereafter.

The community supported one store and when a second one opened closer to the mills 1876, it contained a post office. It was named after early settler and postmaster Perry Townsen.

As Townsen Mills, Texas, it was a base camp for the surveying crews that performed their work in what was often hostile Indian territory.

Perry Townsen was killed in an accident on New Year’s Day in 1891 and the post office was moved to the town’s fist store – run by John Adams. A change of name was requested and granted and from then on, the community was called Adamsville.

The mill building was dismantled and moved to Hamilton County but other mills had opened by this time.

From the 1880s through the early 1930s, the town reported a population between 75 to 100. In 1933 it plummeted to only 10 residents. By the early 1970s it had crawled back to 28 and for the 2000 census it rose to 41.

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Adamsville Today

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Adamsville Tx Townsen's Mill  historical marker
Townsen's Mill historical marker 2 miles SE of Adamsville
 United Presbyterian Church of Adamsville Tx
United Presbyterian Church of Adamsville
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 United Presbyterian Church of Adamsville  historical marker, Texas
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Adamsville Tx Patterson House
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Adamsville Tx Patterson House historical marker
Patterson House historical marker
Adamsville Tx Luke Jones Music Hall
Luke Jones Music Hall
Adamsville Tx Luke Jones Music Hall
Luke Jones Music Hall
Adamsville Texas store
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