History of Smithville
In 1691 missionaries on the expedition of Don Domingo Teran De Los Rios sighted a lagoon which the Indians called Nenocadda. The lagoon, known today as Shipp's Lake, is on the southern edge of present Smithville. Frederick W. Grasmeyer operated a ferry here on the Colorado River in 1836. Steamboats plied the river from 1845 to about 1865.
The village of "old Smithville" was laid out on 640 acres of land granted to Thomas J. Gazley and Lewis Lomas. The town was located on the Colorado River in the northeast section of present Smithville. There were mercantile stores, dry goods shops and a Masonic Lodge. In 1876, the first post office was established with John Pride Jones as postmaster.
The Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railroad, later a part of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas system [MKT, "Katy"] arrived in 1886 and the town relocated along the tracks.
Legend has it that a coin was tossed to decide if the name would be changed to Burlesonville for Murray Burleson, who gave the land for the railroad depot. The coin toss resulted in "Smithville" being retained as the name, apparently in honor of pioneer settler William Smith.
The town was incorporated in 1895, and T.C.Collins served as the first mayor . Today, Smithville is a municipality with approximately 3.5 square miles inside the city limits.
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Chopper’s history takes flight at VFW Hall
When people visit Smithville one of the first sights they see as they cross the Colorado River Bridge is a medevac helicopter in proud static display at VFW Post 1309. For one recent visitor, the reason he came to Smithville was to see the old chopper, an aircraft that held strong memories of his service during Operation Desert Storm. READ MORE
Smithville Municipal Airport (84R)
Also known as Crawford Municipal Airport, the airport is located on Hwy 95 (Loop 230) near the intersection of Hwy 71, and is the only airport in Bastrop County. There is no local air traffic control. The airport is used mainly for private planes. The airport has Free Wireless Internet Access and a desktop computer for checking email or weather conditions. The airport also provides a Courtesy Van for pilots (please just refill the gas tank!).
For more information, call 512-237-3282 City Hall or pilot Sandy Meyerson, who has a hangar/business on site at 512-237-3500.
Facebook Page: 84R Smithville Municipal Airport
- Smithville, Bastrop County , Texas [airport-fh]
- Unicom 122.9
- Lights Dusk to Dawn
- Glide Slope Landing Indicators
- Runway 17-35; 4000’x75’ (New 2001)
- Elevation 323’
- Fuel: 100LL
- Tiedowns & Hangers Available
- Pilots’ Lounge
- Wireless Internet Access
- Major/Minor Engine & Airframe Repairs
For information on use, see the City of Smithville WEBSITE.
Smithville Independent School District
"Building a tradition of excellence."
Smithville Independent School District, a 3A school, has 4 campuses.
Mascot is the Tigers, and school colors are orange and black.
In 2016 SISD received an "A" for superior achievement in financial accountability and a "Standards Met" rating for all campuses.
In 2010, SISD received the designation of "RECOGNIZED" at all 4 campuses. Congratulations to the teachers and staff who made this possible.
District Enrollment (2016 figures)
Smithville High School - Grades 9-12... 512 students
Smithville Junior High - Grades 6-8... 394 students
Smithville Elementary - Grades 3-5... 386 students
Brown Primary - Grades PreK-2... 4 students
* SISD has 171 professional teachers with an average experience of 12.9 years.
* Average Class size is 19 to 1 in the Elementary Schools; and 18 to 1 in the Secondary Schools.
* 49.6% of the student population is economically disadvantaged.
* 2.7% of the student population is limited English proficient.
* District expenditures per pupil are $6,576.
* Tax rate is $1.2540 per hundred.
District programs and features
* College prep and vocational tech prep programs offered at the high school.
* Full athletic program. [SHSschoolspirit_0102]
* Full UIL extra-curricular program
* Professional school counselors.
* Library Resource Media Centers.
* Internet access and computer training.
* Ever-expanding use of technology in the classroom.
* Full range of Special Services Programs: Gifted & Talented, Honors Programs, Advanced Placement Programs at the High School, special education services, Section 504 programs, English as a Second Language (ESL) program, migrant services, compensatory education programs including Title I.
S.I.S.D. PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
The Center, for all Smithville ISD parents and grandparents, is located in Room 9 on the Junior High campus and provides computers for parents to check grades, parenting books, family games, family movies, and educational and developmental toys for check-out, a work station for parent volunteers helping teachers, a play area for small kids that accompany parents, an area for parents to visit and work together, and a TV/VCR to view parenting videos. Call the Jr. High office at 237-2407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB - SMITHVILLE
Have you ever wished that there were a safe, productive place for the youth of Smithville to go after-school, on weekends and holidays? Have you ever wished that there were professionally trained caring adults to supervise and mentor our young people while their parents are at work in Austin or Bastrop? The Boys & Girls Club is the ANSWER!
Smithville ISD is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club to bring a high quality after-school youth development program to Smithville’s young people.
The campus is located at the Elementary School, and has afterschool activities for students from 3rd to 8th grade.
Smithville had an estimated 12% population growth from 2000 to 2005. Bastrop County is the second fastest growing county in the state with growth around 28.5% from 2000 to 2010, per the U.S. Census Bureau.
Year No. Year No.
2010... 3,817 2010.... 74,171
2000.... 3,901 2000.... 57,733
1990.... 3,196 1990.... 38,263
1980.... 3,470 1980.... 24,726
1970.... 2,959 1970.... 17,297
RACE / ETHNICITY 2010
Race No. Percent
White alone 2,527 66.2%
Black alone 463 12.1%
American Indian 19 0.5%
Asian 17 0.4%
Pacific Islander 6 0.2%
Other 3 0.1%
Two or more 55 1.4%
Hispanic 727 19.0%
POPULATION BY AGE 2010
Median Age: 41.2
Age No. Percent
0-4 252 6.6%
5-9 269 7.0%
10-14 263 6.9%
15-19 300 7.9%
20-24 197 5.2%
25-29 186 4.9%
30-34 161 4.2%
35-39 222 5.8%
40-44 249 6.5%
45-49 271 7.1%
50-54 241 6.3%
55-59 230 6.0%
60-64 253 6.6%
65-69 190 5.0%
70-74 135 3.5%
75-79 145 3.8%
80-84 123 3.2%
85+ 130 3.4%
Source: ESRI Business Analyst
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POWER OF SMITHVILLE
Electric - Call the city at 512-237-3828 ext. 1
Solar Panels (city hall)
Wholesale from LCRA
Dump Site - Fee to dump items. See City Site for instructions.
Trash Pick-up - twice weekly
on Hwy 95 across the street from Brookshire Bros.
Here are the materials acceptable for recycling and how to prepare them:
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The following items should NOT be brought to recycling center:
- No antifreeze, hydraulic oil, gasoline, kerosene, or diesel. Call 512-237-3828 for instructions.
- No light bulbs, plate glass, tempered glass, mirrors, ceramics, or beverage glasses
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Newspaper The Smithville Times, Thursday publication
Radio Stations 0 Local Stations Several Austin, La Grange stations
Cable television, Satellite television
Free Public Wireless Access at certain locations (See WIRELESS ACCESS page)
Free Public Computer Use at certain locations (See WIRELESS ACCESS page)
High Speed Broadband Internet - See the ARTICLE about even faster T-1 high speed fiber optics in Smithville
Satellite business office space for commuters
Seton Smithville Regional Hospital
Seton Smithville Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is the only level IV trauma center in the county and is equipped with the latest life-saving equipment to take advantage of the “golden hour,” the first 60 minutes after an accident, injury, or life-threatening heart attack when most lives are saved.
The hospital also has a complete imaging and diagnostic center, physical therapy and rehabilitation care, inpatient medical and surgical care, cardiopulmonary services, oncology services and more.
SRH was named the Smithville's Business/Employer of the Year for 2008. The hospital became affiliated with the Seton Family of Healthcare Providers in late July 2011. www.srhnet.com
PHOTO - Seton unfurls new banner in Smithville | Smithville Times | July 31, 2011 | Denis McGuinness