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The Legacy of Alum Creek

BY JAKE DROMGOOLE

In Bastrop County, just four miles from the county seat that shares its name, lies the community of Alum Creek. Alum Creek was founded in 1829 by seven families from Stephen F. Austin’s lower colonies, and by 1884, the population peaked at 200,  decreasing to around 40 by the turn of the century.

The Great Depression delivered another blow to Alum Creek, but economic hardships did not deter “Uncle John” Briggs from opening a dance hall on his property in the late twenties. A […]

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