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    SAN SABA, TEXAS

    “Pecan Capital of the World”

    San Saba County Seat, Texas Hill Country
    U.S. Highway 190
    33 miles N of Llano
    37 miles W of Lampasas
    87 miles NW of Austin
    22 miles S of Goldthwaite
    Population: 2,637 (2000) 2,626 (1990)

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    San Saba, Texas Topics of Interest:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • San Saba Landmarks & Attractions
  • San Saba County Courthouse next page
  • San Saba County Towns
  • San Saba TX - 1911 San Saba County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
    San Saba County Courthouse

    History in a San Saba Pecan Shell

    A timeline of significant San Saba events:
    1855: ranchers and cotton growers first settled the banks of the San Saba River, from which the settlement took its name.
    1856: The county is organized and San Saba became the county seat.
    1857: The post office opens and the first county courthouse is built.
    1873: The San Saba County News, said to be “ the first newspaper in West Texas” was published.
    1900: The population drop below 900.
    1911: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway came through San Saba in 1911 – and the boost to the economy allowed them to build a new courthouse.
    1925: The population reaches 2,000
    The Great Depression: San Saba weathered the 30s with minimal loss of population.
    1938: San Saba is flooded with a third of the city underwater and many families were displaced.
    1940s: The town is incorporated and the population rises to 2,900 people.
    1950s: The terrible drought of the early 50s affected San Saba and much of Texas. The population drops.
    1980s: Population is 2,336 from an all-time high of 3,400.
    San Saba Landmarks & Attractions
  • San Saba County Courthouse
  • San Saba County Jail
  • San Saba Historic Churches
  • CR 204 San Saba River Through Truss Bridge
  • San Saba County Bridge on CR 110
  • Beveridge Bridge
    One of two suspension bridges, in the state of Texas, that are still used by cars and trucks.
  • San Saba Wedding Oak
    A legendary Indian site
  • San Saba County Historical Museum:
    In 100-year-old log cabins
    In Mill Pond Park – five blocks east of the courthouse.
    Open April to September or by appointment.
  • The San Saba Mother Pecan:
    One of the “Famous Trees of Texas” the San Saba Mother Pecan has given the world more varieties of Pecans (through grafting) than any other individual tree. The tree is 9 miles NE of the town near the confluence of the Colorado and San Saba rivers, but is on private property.
  • San Saba River
  • Risien Park
  • Mill Pond Park
    Both are just east of the town. Mill pond is a small spring-fed lake and Risien is on the San Saba River. Mill Pond park has hookups for 12 RVs.
  • Colorado Bend State Park:
    Colorado Bend State Park by Chandra Moira Beal
    At Bend, Texas on the Colorado River
    13 miles from San Saba via FM 560.
    Colorado Bend: It Is What It Is by Clay Coppedge
    "..Colorado Bend is pure Hill Country: stands of live oak and juniper, thick with wildflowers in the spring, whitetail deer all year long and, every spring, the white bass moving up the Colorado River to spawn..."
  • San Saba County Towns & Ghost Towns
    County Seat - San Saba
    San Saba County Courthouse
  • Bend
  • Cherokee
  • Harkeyville
  • Locker

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  • 1936 Centennial Marker
    On US 190 E

    San Saba County

    Formed from Bexar County; created February 1, 1856; organized May 3, 1856. The river traversing the region, the mission erected near by in 1757, and later the county and county seat were given the name of an early saint, whose name in Spanish is Saba.
    The San Saba Chamber of Commerce:
    915-372-5141
    Website: www.sansabatexas.com


    San Saba Texas Forum

  • Subject: San Saba
    I recently saw someone ask what was in San Saba that his distant relative would have gone there for. If Im not mistaken, it was in San Saba, I saw, a few blocks from town, the old railroad tracks, and there was the most beautiful abandoned hotel right next to the tracks, and across the street the most beautiful marble fronted deserted bank building. Truely romantic and enchanting. I dont know what it is about Texas, but what a place!!!!! - John Dean, July 24, 2006
  • Co Wisdom of Brady, Texas
    I came across quotations by “Co Wisdom” of Brady in your website under the towns of Fredonia and Voca along with a photograph of a drug store as it appeared in the late 19th century. Hopefully you can forward my e-mail to the person submitting those quotations. According to an article in the book “Indian Depredation in Texas” by J.W. Wilbarger, published in 1889, my great grandfather Captain John Roch (Roach) of Comanche was attacked and wounded by Indians in 1866 on a trip from San Saba to Comanche. According to the article he had gone to San Saba to lay in supplies for the coming winter. What was in San Saba to cause it to be a source of food and provisions in the 1860’s? What was the San Saba mill? Do you have other photos of buildings in are around San Saba dated in the 19th Century? Thanks. L. Marshall Roch , September 25, 2005
  • Wallis Street,  San Saba, Texas
    "Wallis Street looking West." in the 1920s
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    Wallis Street,  San Saba, Texas
    "Wallis Street looking East from Commerce Street" in 1889
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    100% marble First Methodist Church, San Saba, Texas
    Photo Courtesy Michael Hattrick, Poulsbo, Washington
    San Saba Historic Churches
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