Between Austin, San Antonio, Houston & Bryan/College Station
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.
ALL CITY OF SMITHVILLE PARKS ARE NOW OPEN
Effective Friday, May 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm, all City of Smithville Parks were RE-OPENED to the public. This included Riverbend Park, MLK Park, Sm...read more >
COVID-19 UPDATE: ALL CITY OF SMITHVILLE PARKS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE -
Effective April 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm all City of Smithville Parks will be CLOSED to the public until further notice. This includes Riverbend Park, MLK Park,...read more >
New City Hours during COVID-19 Until Further Notice
It will be 7:30 am-4:00 pm. Monday- Friday. Except for this Friday City offices will be closed Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Fridayread more >