Williamson County
Texas History


2-Minute Thumbnail History Stories
 of Williamson County
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Excerpts from books by Jim Dillard


The McNeil Train Robbery - May 18, 1887 - PDF file 


Building a New County Jail in 1888 - PDF file 

also view  Tour of the old Jail

The Willie County Movement - PDF file 
(Residents of Taylor drafted a seven-part resolution calling for the secession
of eastern Williamson County and the annexation of land in Milam, Bell,
Travis and Bastrop counties into a newly-created Willie County.)


Shoot-out at the Olive Ranch - PDF file 
Story of cattle-rustling in Williamson County around 1860 to 1890 -


The Murder of Sheriff Olive PDF file 
Newspapers from across the state published accounts of the September 11, 1892, ambush murder of Sheriff John Olive.


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