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Circleville Texas Webpage




This webpage describes the early history of Circleville and provides an area wide bulletin board for comments, questions and additions to the Circleville, Texas Website.

OTHER CIRCLEVILLE RELATED LINKS










Williamson County Government Offices

History of Cowboys and Trail Drives in Early-Day Texas



Origin of the Maverick


The First Trail Drives (1866)


Cowboys and Hands on a Typical Trail Drive


The First Chuckwagon in Texas


Dangers Along the Trail


The Legendary Chisholm Trail


Goodnight-Loving Trail Across West Texas


End of the great cattle drives (1890)


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Old West Saddles



Cowboy and Old West Collectibles



Index of Vintage Belt Buckles



Western Handbags




Civil War Collectibles




Navajo Rugs & Native American Baskets



North American Indian Collectibles



North American Indian Beadwork



New Western Belts





Tomahawks, Knives, Antlers, Arrowheads, Crafts, Horns, and Snake Skins



Civil War Collectibles




Native American Jewelry.



Timeless Gifts Catalog (crystals, gemstones, fossils, misc)





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Artifact and Antique Appraisal



Tomahawks, Craft Supplies




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CIRCLEVILLE, TEXAS WEBPAGE




Within this webpage, you'll find interesting information and photos of the area, links to local points of interest, local history, information about local businesses, school and non-profit organizations, and generally what's happening in the Circleville and nearby areas.

If you'd like to add information, photos, or interesting antidotes about early-day or modern day Circleville or Taylor, send me an email (lenkubiak.geo@yahoo.com)

or write me:

Len Kubiak
1264 FM2116
Rockdale, Texas 76567












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THE HISTORY OF CIRCLEVILLE, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS

Relics excavated from Indian mounds along the San Gabriel River indicate a Native American presence in the Circleville area dating back some 10,000 years. As late as the early 1800's, a sizeable Tonkawa Indian population made the area their home. Other tribes native to the area included: Lipan Apaches , the Penateka Comanches,Tawakoni, Mayeye, Yojuan, Kiowa, and Choctaw.

As Texas gained it's independence from Mexico and became a republic, President Lamar decided to use his army to drive the Indian populations out of Texas. In 1840, most tribes were driven out and settled on reservations in the Indian Territory ( that later became Oklahoma). However the comanches, Apaches and Kiowas continued to wage a war with the armies of Texas until their eventual defeat in the Panhandle region of Texas in the 1870's.

In 1836, the Circleville region was still the hunting grounds of hostile Indian tribes, and sparsely settled at that time. In 1836, Captain John J. Tumlinson and his company of 60 Texas Rangers built a fort on nearby Block House Creek to patrol and protect families from Indian attacks.Believed to have been the first building erected in present Williamson County, the fort was built at the request of Major Robert McAlpin Williamson, for whom the county would later be named.After only two months of occupancy, however, the Rangers had to abandon the fort when they were recalled to Bastrop.They were needed to cover the retreat of frightened families fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in safer quarters as Santa Anna's army advanced into Texas in his attempt to quell the Texan's fight for independence. This flight, known as the Runaway Scrape, continued until news came of Santa Anna's defeat at San Jacinto. When Rangers finally returned to Block House in 1837, they found the fort had been burned by Indians.



CIRCLEVILLE ESTABLISHED IN 1857

Circleville evolved as a small settlement on what is now State Highway 95 one mile south of the San Gabriel River and approx. 5 miles north of Taylor. The town was settled in 1853 by three Eubank brothers: James, Joseph, and William Eubank. Circleville was named for its semicircle of homes.

In the early days, Circleville had a general store, a gristmill, a gin, a molasses press, tin and pewter shops, a blacksmith shop, a carding factory, a school, a church, and, post office (1857 to 1911).

The Kansas, Texas and Missouri Railroad ran through town in the 1880s; several train wrecks occurred there because of a dangerous curve near the San Gabriel River. The Circleville school was consolidated with the Jonah school in 1949.

In 1980 Circleville had a cattle auction barn, two stores, a tavern, and a population of fifty. In 2000, the population of Circleville was listed at forty-two.

This is a web page under construction. Come back and visit with us over the coming weeks and contribute your old photos and stories as you can.



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