The first house and first store were established around the late 1820's by a Dr. Thomas Jefferson Gazley. The town and its name were later influenced by the family of William Smith. The informal naming of Smithville was later defended by a coin toss with the Burleson's. Murray Burleson contributed to the establishment of a depot in the new town site when he learned of the Taylor, Bastrop, and Houston Railroad. By the late 1880's, the railway was in place and the town really began to thrive. The Missouri, Kansas, and Texas took over the railroad in the 1890's, establishing many shops and businesses. The city of Smithville was officially incorporated in 1895 and at the time was the largest city in Bastrop County. Many of the buildings there constructed in the 1800's re still standing today.
Parks & Recreation
Among Smithville's many parks are a skate park, bark park, Riverbend Park, and Veterans Memorial Park. Riverbend Park provides campsites and is the location where many of the community events are held, including Smithville Jamboree. Veterans Memorial Park features a monument honoring all who have served the USA along with a splash pad for the kids.
April 7-10, 2016
-Coronation of the Queen
-Tournaments: Softball, Volleyball, Horseshoe, & Washer
Texas Photo Festival
-Hosts models, sets, classes, & photography contests in Smithville's historic setting.
Thunder On The Colorado Biker Rally
May 6-8, 2016
-Miss Thunder Contest
-Camping & More!
-Food & Drinks
-Annual Lighted Parade