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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.

 

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CITY OF SMITHVILLE - BOIL WATER RESCIND NOTICE (2/20/21 @ 3:00 pm).

 On Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required the City of Smithville public water system (PWS ID #011...

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BOTTLED WATER DISTRIBUTION UPDATE

The Rec Center Staff and Smithville PD gave out 120 cases (3,840 bottles) of water to Smithville residents in less than 1-hour.  THERE IS NO MORE WATE...

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~FREE BOTTLED WATER DISTRIBUTION AT REC CENTER (106 ROYSTON) FROM 3-6 pm TODAY

The City of Smithville has acquired two (2) pallets of bottled water for distribution to those in need.  Distribution will be in front of the Rec Cent...

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