In the 1880s, Captain Erasmus Frederick Sprinkle brought his daughter and four grandchildren to the Walnut Creek Valley of central Texas. Here, Sprinkle’s grandson, William Braxton Barr, purchased 223 acres of land that eventually became Sprinkle, Texas. A post office, churches, a school, and a railroad station where eventually established here and the town remained active until about the 1930s.
His primary residence in Sprinkle is known as Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin, TX 78754) and now functions as an event space.
During his time in Sprinkle, Barr worked to get a rail line — which would become the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT) — running through the town. However, he unfortunately passed away nine months before the railroad’s completion.
The town began to see a decline in the first half of the 20th century, as they faced soil fertility issues, poor urban planning, the death of prominent town leaders, and a typhoid fever epidemic. In 1940, the last piece of recorded history for Sprinkle noted a population of 10.