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Briggs is an early-day settlement located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 183 and Farm Road 2657 in northeastern Burnet County.

The Briggs site is part of the Aaron F. Boyce survey located on the headwaters of Berry Creek, where a number of permanent springs provided constant water.

Settlement Initially Called Springs and Gum Springs

Settlers in the early 1850's first called the area Springs, then Gum Springs. The land on which Briggs stands was purchased by Stephen Taylor from W. T. (Bill) Gann, who came to Texas from Missouri in 1855. Taylor arrived from Tennessee around 1880. Between 1870 and 1890 many new settlers arrived from Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Alabama, and other states to establish homes and farms in this blackland section of Burnet County. Taylor built a cotton gin and sold it in 1882; he then erected the first general store in the area that became known as Taylors Gin.

Taylor's Gin Post Office Established in 1888

In 1888 a petition was circulated among the citizens and sent to Washington, D.C., requesting a post office for Taylor's Gin; the request was granted on March 27, 1888.

Town Name Changes to Briggs in 1898

William Hazelwood, a physician in the community, passed a petition to get the name changed to Briggs, in honor of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Henry D. Briggs. The community was renamed on June 21, 1898.

By 1900 a site had been platted into lots and blocks, land had been donated for a new school, and the population had reached 100. Businesses thrived, cotton was king, and two gins operated in Briggs; the town had doctors, a drugstore, and two general stores. Telephones and electricity came in the early 1900s. A bank was chartered in 1909. From 1906 to 1928, Briggs prospered.

Tornado Strikes the Briggs School (1906)

The Briggs school was demolished by a tornado on April 12, 1906 and rebuilt that same year. By 1915, with the town's population soaring to nearly 300, a high school was organized.

The Briggs Fire of 1928

A devastating fire destroyed much of the town of Briggs in 1928, most of which were never rebuilt. Then to further the downfall of Briggs, the Great Depression brought on a farming decline closing the remaining gin and businesses .

When U.S. Highway 183 was built, most Briggs citizens began commuting nearby communities of Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Camp Hood (now Fort Hood) for work, shopping and supplies killing off the local businesses. Briggs's population reached its height of 520, served by twenty business, in 1936. The population subsequently fluctuated between 250 and 300 until the late 1960s, when it declined to ninety-six.

In 1969 the Briggs school was consolidated with the Burnet district. In the late 1980s Briggs had two churches, a post office, two service stations, and scattered residences. The population was ninety-two in 1990 and in 2000.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Darrell Debo, Burnet County History (2 vols., Burnet, Texas: Eakin, 1979). Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.



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