TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Mason County TX
Mason County

Texas Towns
A - Z
Hotels

MASON, TEXAS

Mason County Seat, Texas Hill Country

30 44' 52" N, 99 13' 55" W (30.747778, -99.231944)
Hwys 29 and 87
FMs 1871 and 386
64 miles N of Kerrville
42 miles NW of Fredericksburg
34 miles W of Llano
110 miles W of Austin
88 miles W of Georgetown
Population: 2,180 Est. (2016)
2,114 (2010) 2,134 (2000) 2,041 (1990)

Mason, Texas Area Hotels › Fredericksburg Hotels
Mason, Texas street scene
Mason street scene
TE Photo, 2000

History in a Pecan Shell

One of the first settlers in the area was Wm. S. Gamel in 1846. Fort Mason was established in 1851 and settlers were attracted by the protection that the fort provided from Indians. Germans moved into the area from Fredericksburg and even soldiers settled the town after their discharge. In 1858 the town received mail as well as the fort's supplies from San Antonio. The post office opened in town and the name was changed from Fort Mason to Mason that same year.

Fort Mason: The fort played no part in the Civil War other than being surrendered to Confederate forces in 1861. The Confederates didn't need it and the townsfolk appropriated much of the abandoned fort and equipment. It was reestablished in 1866 and then abandoned for good in 1868.

In the 1870's Mason County was the scene of a violent feud between German settlers and Anglo ranchers. Known as the "Hoo-Doo" War or the Mason County War - it was a nasty business of many killings with no one ever standing trial.

Mason became a stage stop after the war and it never did get a railroad - usually an very important milestone to a developing town. In 1923 Mason was the largest "city" in Texas without a railroad.

Mason, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

Mason, Texas - Mason County Courthouse
Mason County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007
Mason County Fort Mason marker,  Mason Texas
Fort Mason:
Reconstructed officer's quarters built on original foundation. After the fort was abandoned in 1869, most of the stone was carted off to build Mason's residences.

Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, January 2006
Mason Tx St Pauls Lutheran Church
Churches in Mason
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson April 2004
Broad Street Bridge, Mason Texas
Broad Street Bridge
Photo courtesy Judy McBride
  • The Mason County Museum: 300 Moody Street In an old schoolhouse c. 1875 - built from salvaged stone from Fort Mason's buildings.

  • Fort Mason City Park: one mile South of town on Highway 87 - 125 acres with lots of shade and picnic tables, playground, RV park etc.
  • TX - Mason County jail
    The Mason County Jail, still serving its original purpose
    Photo courtesy Shannan Yarbrough, 2005
    Odeon Theatre, Mason, Texas

    The Odeon Theatre in Mason
    TE Photo, 2000
     

    People
    Anna Martin
  • Anna Martin, Frontier Banker by Michael Barr

  • Stone building near Mason, Texas
    Mason Architecture
    Photo courtesy Ernie Wymer, January 2008

    Mason County Chamber of Commerce

    915-347-5758
    108 Fort McKavett St.
    Website: http://www.masontxcoc.com

    Mason, Texas Forum
    Subject: Cisterns in Mason
    I am doing research on historic above ground cisterns (water towers) in Mason, Texas. I was recently told that an article was written in the last five years stating that a greater number of these cisterns have been preserved in Mason than any other town in Central Texas. I have not been able to find this article and asking your readers if they can provide me with the name of the magazine and date of the publication. - Gerron Hite, Architect, ghite734@gmail.com, September 04, 2012

    Take a road trip

    Mason, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Llano | Fredericksburg | Kerrville
    See Mason County | Texas Hill Country

    Book Hotel Here:
    Fredericksburg Hotels | More Hotels
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
    Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
    South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

    Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
    TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
    Texas Counties
    Texas Towns A-Z
    Texas Ghost Towns

    TEXAS REGIONS:
    Central Texas North
    Central Texas South
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Panhandle
    Texas Hill Country
    East Texas
    South Texas
    West Texas

    Courthouses
    Jails
    Churches
    Schoolhouses
    Bridges
    Theaters
    Depots
    Rooms with a Past
    Monuments
    Statues

    Gas Stations
    Post Offices
    Museums
    Water Towers
    Grain Elevators
    Lodges
    Stores
    Banks

    Vintage Photos
    Historic Trees
    Cemeteries
    Old Neon
    Ghost Signs
    Signs
    Murals
    Gargoyles
    Pitted Dates
    Cornerstones
    Then & Now

    Columns: History/Opinion
    Texas History
    Small Town Sagas
    Black History
    WWII
    Texas Centennial
    Ghosts
    People
    Animals
    Food
    Music
    Art

    Books
    Texas Railroads

    Texas Trips
    Texas Drives
    Texas State Parks
    Texas Rivers
    Texas Lakes
    Texas Forts
    Texas Trails
    Texas Maps
    USA
    MEXICO
    HOTELS

    Site Map
    About Us
    Privacy Statement
    Disclaimer
    Contributors
    Staff
    Contact Us

     
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved