In the 1850's William Winters settled on 200 acres along Cypress Creek and the
Blanco River and established a mill. Mr. Winters died in 1864 and left his property to
Pleasant Wimberley, an old friend of Mr. Winters' from the Battle
of San Jacinto, discovered the mill for sale in 1874 and bought it for $8,000 in gold.
Pleasant Wimberly moved his family to the area and ran the mill. The mill was
used for a flour mill, grist mill, sorghum mill, saw mill and a cotton gin.
The area prospered and Pleasant Wimberley was responsible for
building a school and a church. A Post Office was established in 1880 for Wimberley.
Pleasant Wimberley lived until 1919 and died at the age of 96.
Pleasant and his wife, Amanda, are laid to rest in the Wimberley Cemetery with a
red Llano granite headstone that says, "FOR WHOM THE TOWN WAS NAMED".
Many Wimberley descendants still reside in Wimberley. The
post office now delivers mail to over 3,000 addresses. The town was incorporated on
May 6, 2000.
A good book about early Wimberley is: Clear Springs and
Limestone Ledges, A History of San Marcos and Hays County. The book was written by
six ladies of the County Historical Commission.
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