History of Sprinkle, TX

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.

You can check out these maps of Sprinkle from 1896 and 1954 (which includes in MKT railroad).

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.

Sprinkle, Texas Library

Books, articles, and newspapers:

Book excerpt: “Sprinkle, Texas: A Little Town Austin Has Taken Over”

Book excerpt: The Junior Historian of the Texas State Historical Association, “What Ever Happened to Sprinkle, Texas?”

Book excerpt: “Sprinkle School District 17”

Book excerpt: Jackson & Giles General Store

Article: Walnut Creek Possum Hunt

Book excerpt: Men of Texas, “William Braxton Barr”

Book excerpt: Ada Baker Clark School, Sprinkle

Article: “Archaeological Investigations at Jourdan-Bachman Farm, Travis County, Texas”

Historic Marker Application: Barr Mansion

Essay: “The History of Sprinkle, TX”

Notes from “Sprinkle, Texas: Just a Sprinkling of a Town”

Article: “Family Heirlooms Will Be on Display, Including Contracts with Freed Slaves at Sprinkle-Dessau Community Exhibit”

Sprinkle, TX African American History:

Map of African American Schools

History of Burditt School

African American Rural Schools of Travis County

Maps: