Georgetown has been the site of human habitation because at the very least 9,000 BC, and perhaps considerably before that. The earliest recognized inhabitants of the county, during the late Pleistocene (Ice Age), can be linked to the Clovis culture, a Paleo-Indian culture defined by the manufacture of distinctive “Clovis factors” that first showed up around 9200 BC, as well as potentially as very early as 11,500 BC, at the end of the last antarctic period. Among one of the most important explorations in recent times is that of the old skeletal remains referred to as the “Leanderthal Woman” as a result of its age as well as closeness to a close-by area Leander, Texas. The website is quickly southwest of Georgetown and was discovered by accident by Texas Division of Transport employees while core samples for a new freeway were being pierced. The website has actually been extensively researched for many years, as well as examples carbon date the searchings for to the Pleistocene duration, about 10,500 years back (8500 BC). Ancient dig sites showing a much higher evidence of Archaic duration occupants have actually been located in burnt rock middens at several websites along the San Gabriel that are now flooded by Granger Lake as well as at the convergence of the North as well as South San Gabriel Rivers in Georgetown.
The earliest known historic residents of the region, the Tonkawas, were a flint-working, hunting individuals who complied with buffalo on foot and occasionally set fire to the prairie to help them in their hunts. Throughout the 18th century, they made the change to a steed society as well as utilized firearms to a minimal degree. Also, handful of Kiowa, Yojuane, Tawakoni, and also Mayeye Indians apparently were living in the county at the time of the earliest Anglo negotiations. As these native populaces thinned due to non-indigenous negotiations, the Comanches still continued to rob indigenous people’s negotiations in the region up until the 1860s.
Georgetown was called for George Washington Glasscock, who donated the land for the new town. Early American and also Swedish leaders were attracted to the location’s wealth of wood and great, clear water. Furthermore, the land was economical and fertile. Georgetown is the area seat of Williamson Region, which was formed on March 13, 1848, after the early inhabitants requested the state legislature to produce it out of Milam County. The area was originally to have actually been named San Gabriel Region, but was instead called after Robert McAlpin Williamson (Three-legged Willie), a Texas statesman as well as judge at the time.
Georgetown was an agrarian neighborhood for most of the 19th and also early 20th centuries. The Shawnee Route, a livestock track that led from Texas to the rail facilities in Kansas as well as Missouri, went across with Georgetown. The establishment of Southwestern University in 1873 as well as building and construction of a railway in 1878 contributed to the community’s growth and also value. A steady economic climate established, based greatly on agricultural task. Cotton was the leading plant in the location in between the 1880s and the 1920s. Williamson Region was when the leading manufacturer of cotton in Texas.
Largely to carry livestock and bales of cotton, at one time, Georgetown was served by 2 national railways, the International-Great Northern Railway, which became merged into the Missouri Pacific, as well as the Missouri– Kansas– Texas Railway. The local Georgetown and also Granger Railway (GGR) was completed to Austin in 1904. Presently, Georgetown is offered by the appropriately named Georgetown Railway, a ‘brief line’ railroad that makes use of parts of the previous M-K-T and also the I-GN to connect with the Union Pacific Railroad at Round Rock and at Granger.
Substantial damages as well as death throughout the county from a 1921 flooding led Georgetown to seek flooding control. A low-pressure system from a typhoon resolved in over Williamson Area and also brought more than 23 inches of rainfall in Taylor and more than 18 inches of rain in Georgetown. An estimated 156 persons perished in the flood, a lot of them farm workers. The flooding and its horrific devastation finished in the building of a dam on the north fork of the San Gabriel River to create and pen Lake Georgetown, which opened up officially on October 5, 1979. Both Georgetown and also Round Rock have the water civil liberties to Lake Georgetown for metropolitan water use.
Population development as well as industrial expansion proceeded modestly in the 20th century till regarding 1960, when residential, commercial, as well as industrial growth, due to major growth and urban growth of neighboring Austin, greatly increased. In 2008, Ton of money Local business publication called Georgetown the number-two best city in the country to “live and also launch” a new organisation. In March 2015, Georgetown introduced that their municipal-owned energy, Georgetown Utility Systems, would start purchasing 100% of its power for its consumers from wind as well as solar ranches by 2017, efficiently making the city 100% green-powered.
A densely thick 1908– 1910 Victorian residence was discovered in Round Rock, Texas, where the La Frontera project now rests. It was reduced right into items, transferred to Georgetown, and also brought back. It is recognized locally as the Burkland-Frisk Residence, as it was developed by an early settler in Williamson Area, Leonard Frisk, and also was later owned by Tony Burkland, a relative of the Frisk family members. Your home initially was established across the street from a the same home which was used in the shooting of The Texas Chain Saw Carnage and also which was also reduced into 7 pieces as well as was moved to Kingsland, Texas, to become part of the Antlers Resort. It was relocated 2006 and also brought back by the programmers of La Frontera, Don Martin and also Bill Smalling (1953– 2008), and also rests on San Gabriel Town Blvd, plainly ignoring the South San Gabriel River. Your home was a “pattern book” residence, purchased from a directory as well as put together on website from a plan of materials brought by wagon from a regional lumber business. It was most likely built in between 1908 and also 1910, and also is now used as an office.
In the 1970s, Georgetown’s midtown was stark and also featureless. In an effort to improve as well as take on rural retail growth, building proprietors in the ’50s and also ’60s covered among their most priceless sources– their retail buildings. The Texas-Victorian streetscape was plastered with stucco, light weight aluminum covers, block, and multiple layers of white paint, however neighborhood leaders had actually started putting brand-new supply back right into their building heritage.
Georgetown’s reanimated interest in its historical resources came with a time when the cost of obtaining loan was skyrocketing. Interest rates near 20% may have been a deterrent in other places. In Georgetown, every bank offered dramatically lower rate of interest fundings for the revival of the town’s grand Victorian buildings and also exteriors. As well as rehabilitation tax obligation credit scores programs in the 1980s made investing in historical residential or commercial property a lot more financially rewarding enterprise. By 1984, 40 recoveries were total. A simple two years after its Main Road program was founded, over half the Main Street district had actually undertaken some sort of favorable transition. The city was just recently named among the very best places to purchase a historical residence. Today, Georgetown is residence to one of the best managed Victorian as well as pre-WW1 downtown historical areas, with the Beaux-Arts Williamson County Courthouse (1911) as its centerpiece. Because of its effective conservation initiatives, Georgetown was named a nationwide Main Street City in 1997, the first Texas City so marked.
Georgetown has three National Register Historic Districts:
Williamson County Courthouse District
Belford National Area
The University Avenue/Elm Road Area