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Group aims to rename Dripping Springs for town's founder

"Welcome to Pound Town?"

March 21, 2019 - 12:51 pm

DRIPPING SPRINGS (KJCE) -- Could the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs change its name to Pound Town?

That's what a new campaign is pushing for, as the group says, to honor Dr. Joseph and Sarah Pound - the earliest known settlers of the area of what is now Dripping Springs. A GoFundMe page for the campaign says it was an idea of some business owners and Dripping Springs High School alumni, that's "been kicking around for a few years."

Prior to settling on the farm in 1854, Pound first came to Texas to fight in the Mexican-American War in 1847. Generations of the family continued to live on the property until 1983 before donating the property to the City of Dripping Springs in 1987. The original farmhouse was named a Texas State Historical Landmark in 1965 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

So far, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $170 of its $1,854 goal. Organizers say the campaign may or may not result in a ballot initiative, but say a "good portion" of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Pound House. That group, which supports the museum, is distancing itself from the effort, according to a Facebook post.

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