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IZORO, TEXAS

Lampasas County, Texas Hill Country

On FM 1690
8 miles E of Hwy 281
5 miles E of the Lampasas River
3 miles NW of Franklin Mountain
18 miles NE of Lampasas the county seat
87 miles NW of Austin
W of Killeen
Population: 17 (2000) 31 (1990)

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Izoro, Texas old Texaco station
The "old gas station pulling duty as a post office."
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, August 2004
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History in a Pecan Shell

The name:

Higgins Gap, named after a family of early settlers, was Izoro's original name. In 1886 when a post office was applied for, they submitted the name of a local woman, Izoro Gilliam. Our source* says she "undoubtably was an extraordinary person" but it's also possible that the postmaster was smitten.

Guns in Church:

Local folklore tells of a romantic tragedy which occurred in the early 1900s. Two young people met and decided to marry despite their families' objections. One Sunday morning, things came to an ugly head with both the girl's father and would-be husband dead from gunplay. Several other family members of both sides were wounded.

* Little Towns of Texas, Jayroe Graphic Arts, Jacksonville, Texas, 1981



Taking Dead Aim in Izoro

by Clay Coppedge

If you keep in mind that Izoro is more of a destination of the mind than an actual physical destination you are likely to have a fine time getting there.

Izoro is on Farm Road 1690, about 18 miles northeast of the city of Lampasas, five miles east of the Lampasas River and a little more than three miles from Franklin Mountain, which rises 250 feet over Bear Branch and qualifies as a mountain because of its general Grand Prairie setting.

Though about all that's in Izoro now is an old gas station pulling duty as a post office, it's not hard to see why people settled here. There's the mountain, the creeks running to the Lampasas and a nice view of the surrounding land.

The pleasant setting belies a bloody past. ... more

TX Lampasas County 1940s Map
Lampasas County 1940s map showing Izoro
near Coryell County line
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Izoro, Texas Nearby Towns:
Lampasas the county seat
Austin
Killeen
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