Central Lampasas is typical for a small Texas county seat; courthouse in the center of the town square, and mercantile buildings on peripheral streets. Unlike other county seats I've seen, there's industrial uses on the square; a food plant and feed store and mill. The commercial along US 183, which connects the town to Austin about 70 miles away, is nondescript; the usual fast food and pharmacy chains, HEB, and corporate architecture with large-ish signs. Not even half as bad as the military towns just to the east, though; Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Harker Heights.Lampasas is a city in Lampasas County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,786 at the 2000 census. It is the seat of Lampasas County.
Lampasas is part of the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.
For his services in the Texas Revolution, John Burleson received 1,280 acres (5.2 km2) of land and established a permanent settlement in the 1850s. The city was first named Burleson; however, the name was gradually changed to Lampasas Springs because of the existence of seven mineral springs. When the county was created in 1856, the law specified “The county seat shall be same name as the county.” The city of Lampasas was officially incorporated in 1883.
Several theories attempt to explain how the name Lampasas came to be. The Texas Almanac states the word came from a Spanish word for “lilies” that are found in nearby streams. Another source states the word comes from the Spanish word “Lampazos.” The name was given to the local river by the Spanish Aquayo Expedition in 1721. It is believed the name was inspired by a Mexican town that also had beautiful springs. The town was also the location of the birth of the Farmers' Alliance, founded in 1876.
Since 1972 Lampasas has held an annual fair called the Spring Ho festival. It takes place in early July.