A couple days ago, we were driving along some old county backroads admiring the beautiful bluebonnets in Mason County, when I came to an intersection. Shall we head towards Llano or Mason? Either way will showcase a colorful display of wildflowers, but on this afternoon, we chose Mason, known as the ‘gem of the Hill Country’.
Since Fredericksburg is such a major Hill Country destination for many, I think some of the neighboring towns may get overlooked at times. But Mason is a beautiful and quaint country village, that is sure to please.
Its rich in Texas History. Did you know that Gen Robert E Lee spent time here? Fort Mason (est. 1851) was his last post before he went back to defend his beloved state of Virginia during the Civil War.
Mason is the native home of famed writer, Fred Gipson, creator of “Old Yeller” & “Savage Sam”. Both novels became popular Walt Disney films.
You can read about Mason’s Hoodoo War here where famous gunfighter Johnny Ringo killed a man – but his first of many crimes had already begun in nearby Burnet Tx. By the 1880’s he became famous in Tombstone Arizona & was found dead leaning against a tree along West Turkey Creek – a somewhat mysterious death.
Abundant in architectural beauty, Mason’s charming downtown square hosts a diverse range of shopping, including natural Topaz gemstones, art galleries, antiques, as well as the Odeon Theater, and several restaurants. Perfect for an afternoon stroll.
While driving through its neighborhoods, you may find some beautiful surprises and buildings with much unique character.
The 1887 Seaquist House on Broad Street. What a Texas treasure! Visit their website for tours & more info.
The old 1918 Broad Street Bridge overlooking Comanche Creek. Its nearly 100 years old.
“Mason Bluebonnet Loop”
From Mason take RR 386, turn right on FM 2618, turn right on RR 1900, to Hwy 29 intersection. Choose right to return to Mason or left to Llano.
From Mason to Llano … Hwy 29 often has good blooms.
My advice? Don’t just drive through Mason, but rather, stop the car, get your camera out, and spend some time enjoying lovely Mason Texas!
Thanks for the perfect evening Mason! We will be back, and next time we will try to stop & read more of those Historical Markers!
– Kathy Weigand
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