in a Pecan Shell
The town once known as Menardville
was formed in 1858. The following year Ft.
McKavett was deactivated, leaving the settlers without protection
from the Indians. After the Civil War the fort was reopened and while
nearby Mason was supplied
from San Antonio,
Menard received its supplies via Burnet.
The county was organized in 1871 with county court being held under
the branches of a Live Oak tree. They built their first courthouse
in 1872 and Menardville settled into a period of hard work
and slow but steady growth.
A bad flood of the San Saba River occurred in 1899 and the railroad
arrived in 1911. In one of those little historical quirks that abound
in Texas, the railroad asked the town to drop the ville from its name
to make sign painting easier. Menardville complied and was renamed
The town had as many as 2,500 people in the mid 1920s.
Historic Landmarks & Attractions
Menard County Historical Museum
The Former Menard Depot
Menard County Museum
In the AT&SF Depot on the Northside of the San Saba River.
Donated to the city when the railroad pulled out, the museum opened
its doors in 1978.
In town on US83 - an attractive cemetery with a very interesting
Burial plot was
begun by Adam Bradford, who buried his father, Jack Bradford, here
in 1863. As the town and cemetery grew, the city bought the tract
from Mrs. Gustav E. Schleicher in 1904. Fence surrounding cemetery
was built of stone from the old courthouse and jail, razed in 1931,
and reputed to have been in the original structure of nearby San
Luis de Las Amarillas (Built by the Spanish in 1757). Final resting
place for many area pioneers, including soldiers, cowboys, gamblers,
preachers, civil war veterans, Indian fighters, and Texas Rangers.
The San Saba River
at Menard's Stock Pen Crossing Park
by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" Column)
A few folks knew of a solitary tombstone surrounded by a fence in
a live oak mott east of Menard off what locals call River Road (FM
Menard water tower
McKavett State Historic Site
Spacious park with beautiful river view - just west of town
Saba River Park - 12 acres with deep shade and picnic tables
- a stone's throw from downtown.
- An irrigation ditch first dug in 1756, it still flows through
the Menard's downtown.
Menard Tourist Information
Chamber of Commerce: 915-396-2365
Drive-In Theater in Menard
Hi, I'm (James) Coe Linn, and I was born in 1937 in Menard and was
raised there. I noted the great photos on your website.
The old drive-in theater was the Mission Drive-In as was
the old theater downtown... the Mission Theater owned and
operated by Henry Reeve. I went to the Saturday matinees at the
downtown theater as a child and then to the drive-in while in junior
high and high school.
The crossing on the San Saba was called the Stock Pen Crossing.
There was a swimming hole just a few yards east of the crossing
that we called "High Banks." We had a very long rope in a big pecan
tree and could swing almost to the other side of the river. Many
happy memories swimming there.
A short distance to the west of the Stock Pen Crossing was the Baptist
Encampment, and open-air revival facility with cabins and camping
I really enjoyed your website. Please check out http://www.menardroots.com/.
I graduated in 1954 from Menard High School. The section on MHS
Annuals is a great compilation of many of the High School yearbooks.
Regarding Fort McKavett,
Theodore Roosevelt’s son, Elliot Roosevelt, spent time in the Fort
McKavett area hunting and relaxing in the sunshine. Best wishes.
- Coe Linn, Austin, Texas, June 24, 2004
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