Lampasas Walks: Historic Downtown Lampasas
Western Lawn of Lampasas County Courthouse
Find a spot to stand and turn back to face the courthouse. This is previously the location of the Western Lawn, and the setting of a story about the Gunfight at the Lampasas Saloon. Wait here for a minute here while I tell you about it.
In the early 1870s Lampasas was a wild frontier town. On February 10, 1873, Governor Davis issued a proclamation prohibiting the carrying of sidearms in Lampasas. A month later, Captain Thomas Williams and seven state policemen entered Lampasas to enforce the proclamation. The State Police immediately arrested Bill Bowen for carrying a gun in town. Bowen persuaded Captain Williams and three of his men to enter Jerry Scott's Lampasas Saloon, right here on the courthouse square.
When the officers entered the saloon, a gunfight between the State Police and the Horrell brothers and their associates began. Captain Williams and two of the officers were killed in the saloon and a fourth was mortally wounded while trying to escape.
Let's get going again. If you're facing the courthouse, turn left and cross over the street into Live Oak Street, which runs alongside the bank.