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    ROCKSPRINGS, TEXAS

    The wool and mohair center of Texas

    Edwards County Seat, Texas Hill Country
    Hwy 55 and US 377
    41 miles SW of Junction
    77 miles NE of Del Rio
    69 miles N of Uvalde
    100 miles NW of San Antonio

    Population: 1,285 (2000) 1,339 (1990)

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    Rocksprings, TX Devil's Sink Hole
    Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area 8 miles NE of Rocksprings
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

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    The county is named after early colonist Hayden Edwards of Nacogdoches.The city is named after the Springs. After the courthouse burned, the spelling of the town changed from Rock Springs to Rocksprings.

    1881 was the year the site was selected, the year they got a post office and the year they were made county seat. The population was 250 in 1892 and the town had everything they needed. By 1914 the population had doubled.

    The tidy courthouse and
    jail sit on the square and speak of a small population. The courthouse was damaged by a tornado in 1927 that killed nearly 70 people. Both the Courthouse and The Rocksprings Hotel served as shelters.

    Rocksprings underwent a flurry of activity in the year 2000 with buildings on the square remodeled, freshly painted or under construction.
    1927  cyclon, Rocksprings Texas old photo
    Vintage postcard of 1927 Rocksprings Tornado destruction
    Courtesy of Barrows family
    1927 Tornado injured child ,  Rocksprings Texas
    1927 Tornado injured child
    Vintage photo courtesy of Barrows family
    Wool and Mohair
    Rocksprings is also a big center for wool and mohair which is attested to by the name of the weekly newspaper: The Rocksprings Record and Texas Mohair Weekly.
    Robert L.Barrows with wagons of wool,  Rocksprings Texas
    Robert L.Barrows with wagons of wool leaving Rocksprings for Sonora Texas.
    Vintage photo courtesy of Barrows family
    Edwards County Courthouse east view,  Rocksprings TX
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Edwards County Courthouse
    Edwards County Jail, Rocksprings TX old jail
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Edwards County Jail in Rocksprings
    Rock Spring Historical Marker,  Rocksprings TX
    The Rock Spring Historical Marker US Hwy 377
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Texas History
    Historical Marker Text

    The Rock Spring

    Known to early Texans as one inch flow of water out of rocks. Site of a camp for travelers and freighters. Occupants of land around the spring included W. J. Greer, with a sheep camp, 1882; Francis Winans, with a cattle and sheep ranch, 1884; A. O. Burr, farming, about 1885. Cattlemen, including Frank Gray, camped here during roundups. Outlaws in 1880s frequented a hut nearby. Rocksprings Post Office opened 1891 in townsite platted for a new county seat at center of Edwards County. The rock spring still seeps in city and county historic park and playground.
    (1972)
    Rocksprings TX Cemetery Gate
    Rocksprings Cemetery
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Rocksprings TX Cemetery historical marker
    Rocksprings Cemetery historical marker on US Highway 377
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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    Rocksprings Cemetery
    The town of Rocksprings traces its beginnings to 1889, when J. R. Sweeten dug the first water well in the area to serve new settlers. Three years later, in 1892, Sweeten donated two acres of land to be used as a community cemetery.

    There were some burials at this site prior to its formal designation as a cemetery. Two children, Willie J. Blackwell and Ben Smith, were interred here in 1891. Many of the people buried in the Rocksprings Cemetery in the early years were travelers passing through the area. Among the more than one thousand graves are those of victims of a devastating tornado which struck the town of April 12, 1927.

    Over the years, additional land acquisitions have increased the size of the cemetery. Iron fencing which once surrounded some grave sites was donated to scrap metal drives during World War II.

    The Rocksprings Cemetery Association, which originated in 1897, was formally chartered by the state in 1967. Through such projects as surveys and landscaping, the association continues to maintain the historic graveyard, which remains as a visible link to the community's past.

    (1989)
    Rocksprings TX First Methodist Church
    First Methodist Church of Rocksprings
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Rocksprings TX First Methodist Church historical marker
    First Methodist Church of Rocksprings historical marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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    Rocksprings  Texas Gilmer Hotel historical marker
    Gilmer Hotel historical marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Rocksprings  Texas historic Gilmer Hotel
    Gilmer Hotel
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    Rocksprings TX Angora Stadium gate
    Angora Stadium
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Rocksprings TX Masonic Entrance On Square
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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    Rocksprings High School
    Vintage photo courtesy of Barrows family
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  • Devils Sink Hole and  Bats,  Rocksprings TX
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Bats over Devil's Sink Hole near Rocksprings
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