From “Hood County 2000: Men Who Made Hood County”

Hood County News – January 1, 2000

Thomas A. Burns, an Irishman, arrived in northeastern Hood County in 1873. He set about creating a township he named Lipan. He derived the name Lipan from local Indian tribes. Burns was aided in his founding of the town by land agent John H. Traylor.

Burns was the first postmaster of Lipan in 1875, and he owned a general store.

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