The Story of Three Legged Willie
Williamson County is located just north of the Texas capital city (Austin, Texas) in the Hill Country of Central Texas. The county is named for Robert McAlpin Williamson (1806?–1859), a community leader, judge, and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. He was also affectionately known as "Three Legged Willie" due to a childhood illness that withered his right leg at the age of 15. His leg was then pulled up behind this thigh causing him to also wear a wooden leg extension.
In 1848, Milan County petitioned for a new county and the suggested names were San Gabriel or Clear Water; however, the Texas Legislature decided to honor the county after one of their own. Due to Judge Williamson's contributions to the Republic, when Milan County, his fellow Senators named it in his honor. Although he never lived in the area, he traveled the county as the Judge of the Republic's Third Judicial Circuit.
The west side of the county contains Edwards Plateau, consisting of rocky terrain and hills, and Blackland Prairies to the east, consisting of rich, fertile farming land.The west side cities of Williamson County include Florence, Liberty Hill, Leander, Cedar Park, and parts of Georgetown and Round Rock. The east side cities of Williamson County include Jarrell, Weir, Hutto, Bartlett, Granger, Taylor, Thrall, Coupland, and parts of Georgetown and Round Rock. These two areas are roughly bisected by Interstate 35 where Round Rock and Georgetown are on either side of the highway, and both areas are part of the Austin‐Round Rock metropolitan area.
The WC is estimated to have a population of 528,718 people in 2016. The areas of Leander, Georgetown, and Cedar Park have also contributed greatly to the growth of Williamson County. Since 2000, Leander has grown from 7,600 residents to more than 42,000 in 2016. This makes Leander the 37th fastest growing City in the United States (US Census Bureau, 2009). Using data between July 2015 and July 2016 Georgetown was declared the fastest growing city in the United States. Cedar Park was also declared 12th fastest growing city in America in 2017 with a population of 68,918 in 2016, a 4.5 percent increase from 2015.
From 1999 to 2009, companies moving to Williamson County created nearly 11,000 jobs, accounting for about 27 percent of the net job creation in the county, according to the most recent figures available from the Edward Lowe Foundation, which tracks national economic trends.