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DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas
"Gateway to the Hill Country"Population (2015e): 2,483COL Index (2008): 86.7
Elevation: 1,148 ftArea: 3.3 smCounty: Hays
Zip Code: 78620Area Code: 512-858-Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 11' 31" N, 98° 5' 7" W
Location: N part of county; 21 mi W of Austin
Highways: US 290, RR 12Rivers: None
Quick Link To: Directory Listings in Dripping Springs
- City Of Dripping Springs: 512-858-4725
511 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
- Greater Dripping Springs Chamber Of Commerce
& Visitors Bureau
Visitor's Center: 509 W Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
- Showstoppers Profile: www.drippingspringstx.com
- Come Stay with Us: An interactive brochure: Web
- Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail: Web. Tourism spotlight on this town.
E of Henly, E of Johnson City, W of Oak Hill, N of Wimberley, N of Woodcreek
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, tourism
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Downtown Mercer Street: Where the action is, with great restaurants, wine bar, brewpub, shops, and a dance hall.
- Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead: 512-694-0874; www.drpoundhistoricalfrmstead.com. RR 12 at Founders Memorial Park, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. 5 acres filled with huge oaks. Grounds were cleared in 1854 to make way for a log cabin that served Dr. Pound's family for four generations. This cabin is the centerpiece now of a 6-room house and has served as a hospital, church and gathering placed for the community. With restoration completed in 2003, facility improvements and historical preservation projects continue to add to the authenticity of the farmstead. During your visit to the museum, docents describe early events and activities and answer questions. Tour home and grounds at your leisure. Wed-Sat, 12 noon to 3p, closed in Jan, group appointments available.
- Dripping Springs Arts: See Artists and Art Galleries at Web
- Dripping Springs First School: In 1881 the Dripping Springs Military Academy was established and became a Baptist Academy. In 1921 the school was opened to the public. The initials of many local residents can still be found carved into the stone and wood of this fine old structure at 101 Old Fitzhugh. This limestone structure was the educational and social center of the town for many years. Horses and buggies brought students and teachers from all over the Hill Country to its doors. Today it serves as a Masonic Lodge.
- Le Ragge Ruggs-Cowgirls & Lace: www.cowgirlsandlace.com. Opened in 1994, this has grown into a major home decoration center and draws customers from across Texas. Furniture, home accessories, clothing, jewelry and gifts.
- Magic Greens: 235 Sports Park Rd (corner of RR 12), Dripping Springs, TX 78620. 512-858-1468; An 18-hole miniature golf facility. www.magicgreens.com
- New Canaan Farms
- Scenic Drive On Creek Road: Off 290 W, this route is popular with bicyclists and motorcyclists for its scenic beauty and diverse wildlife
- The Springs: Located near the W end of Mercer Street (Loop 64), the springs are delineated by a granite marker donated by the DS Lions Club. The springs were a gathering place for the Tonkawa Indians, as well as the source of water for the original settlers.
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Bee Cave: Hamilton Pool; Milton Reimers Ranch Park; Westcave Preserve; Galleria
- Blanco: Historic Town Square & Courthouse; Real Ale Brewing Co
- Driftwood: Salt Lick (world Renowned) Bbq, Vineyards (driftwood Estate Winery; Duchman Family Winery, Salt Lick Cellars, Wimberley Valley Winery)
- Johnson City: Exotic Zoo Resort; Texas Hills Winery; Whittington's Jerky; Historic Courthouse & Jail; Lavender Farms; Wildflower Capital; Bamberger Ranch; LBJ Boyhood Home
- Wimberley: Bella Vista Olive Ranch; Corral Theatre; Emily Ann Theatre; Hunters Chase Farms; Jacob's Well; Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit/jade Gardens; Old Baldy; Golf; Wimberley Glass Works; Lavender Farms; Wimberley Players; Wimberley Zipline Adventures
- City Of Woodcreek: Golf; Jacob's Well
- Bee Cave: Hamilton Pool; Milton Reimers Ranch Park; Westcave Preserve
- Blanco: Blanco State Park
- Johnson City: Pedernales Falls State Park; LCRA Pedernales River Nature Park; LBJ National Park
- Charro Ranch Park: 22690 W RM 150. Natural park for walking, family biking, reflection and picnicking includes birding viewing station
- Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center: 512-858-4725; 1042 Event Center Dr & RR 12. 64 acre park with indoor multi-use event center, riding trails, open arena, playscape, RV park
- Founders Memorial Park: 490 Founders Park Rd @ RR 12 N. Swimming pool, playground, restrooms, pavilion
- Sports & Recreation Park: Sports Park Rd @ Rob Shelton Pkwy. 40 acre park includes fields for baseball, softball and soccer, playscape, sand volleyball court, running and walking trails, and concession stand and restrooms
- Veteran's Memorial Park: 290 W @ RR 12. Includes picnic tables and VFW memorial. Weekly local farmer's market held each Wed afternoon
- Jan: Hays County Livestock Show
- Feb: DSUMC Wild Game Dinner
- Mar: Brittany Tuck Memorial Scholarship Benefit
- Apr: Founders Day Festival: www.foundersdayfestival.com; Texas Hill Country Olive Festival: www.texashillcountryoliveco.com
- May: Relay For Life; VFW Memorial Day Service
- Jun: Camp Ben McCulloch Confederate Reunion: www.campben.com; Red Arena Roundup: www.redarena.org
- Aug: Hill Country Rally for Kids: www.hcrally.com
- Sep: Dripping with Taste - Chamber of Commerce wine, food & arts festival: www.drippingwithtaste.com; Fall Fest at the Pound House & Pioneer Day: www.drpoundhistoricalfarmstead.com
- Oct: The Friends Foundation Annual BBQ at the Salt Lick: www.thefriendsfoundation.org; Dripping Springs Fair & Rodeo: www.cityofdrippingsprings.com; Dripping Springs Chili Cook-Off: www.dscoctx.com
- Nov: Empty Bowls Project: www.helpinghands-drippingsprings.org; Rotary Club Veterans Day Celebration
- Dec: Christmas on Mercer - arts, crafts, car show and Santa: www.cityofdrippingsprings.com; Carlson Gracie Open-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament; Christmas Gift Tour Stop; Christmas in the Hills Tour of Homes: www.dscl.org; Mustang Mare-y Christmas Barn Tour: Web
- On-going Events:
- Every Wed: Farmer's Market: At the triangle at the intersection of Hwy 290 and RR 12. 3-7p. Rain or shine Jun-Oct. http://dsfarmersmarket.yolasite.com
- Every Thurs: Coffee House With Light Dinners: At 6a-9p, at Thyme & Dough. 512-894-0001. Desserts and open mic
- Every Thurs: Bistro Night at Rolling in Thyme & Doug includes live mic night, www.rollinginthymeanddough.com, 6-9pm, 512-894-0001
- 1st Thurs: American Legion: At 7p, at 27500 RR 12, 512-858-1907
- 3rd Thurs: VFW: At 7p, at 27500 RR 12, 512-858-1907
- Thurs & Fri: Chair Massages: At Solstice Garden Expressions, 900 TX 290 W. 512-858-1907. www.solsticegardens.com
- 1st Sat: Low Cost Pet Vaccinations: At Tractor Supply, 512-858-7229
- 2nd & 4th Sat: Pet Adoption Service: At Tractor Supply, 512-402-9725, By Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below.
- On-Line News: Google News; Topix
- Newspapers: DS Century News, web
- Radio/TV, Articles:
- Daytripper Spotlight: Web with Video
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: " . . emerged as a community center before the Civil War. The first settler in the area is thought to have been a man named Fawcett, who arrived about 1849. Other families began farming the valleys of Little Barton and Onion creeks in the early 1850s, and in 1857 Dripping Springs opened what became a permanent post office. By 1884 the town supported several businesses, including a steam gristmill and cotton gin, and a population of 130. Education was provided by a public school and by the Dripping Springs Academy, which opened in 1881. The settlement's location on the Austin to Fredericksburg road made it a durable community center, and despite a population decline during the Great Depression, Dripping Springs developed into the principal town in northern Hays County during the twentieth century. With only minor fluctuations, its population has grown slowly but steadily since World War II. In the mid-1980s it reported twenty businesses and more than 600 residents. By 1990 its population had risen to over 1,000, and by 2000 it had grown to 1,548."
From the Chamber Web Site: "In 1854, three families from Mississippi traveled high into the Balcones Escarpment overlooking the Texas state capital and found a land of rolling hills, spring-fed creeks, abundant wildlife and majestic views. They stopped their wagons at a natural spring on the Milk House Branch of the Edwards Aquifer, a spot that had long been a gathering place for Tonkawa Indians, and named their new home Dripping Springs. A full day's ride from Austin, the new settlement became the first stagecoach stop on the well-traveled road to Fredericksburg. For generations since, Dripping Springs has been 'The Gateway to the Hill Country'."
Named for local springs. Area settled in 1850's and was a farming and ranching community. Today it is a growing suburban center just a short drive west of Austin.
See: "The Complete History of Dripping Springs, Texas and the P.A. Smith Survey", by Carl Waits.
PRIOR CITY NAMES:
- Wallace Mountain Cemetery: On private property, US 290)
- Phillips Cemetery: RR 12 S at FM 150
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