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Mason in Mason County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mason County

 
 
Mason County Marker Inscription Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
1. Mason County Marker Inscription Tablet


Inscription. Created January 22, 1858, and organized August 2, 1858, this county was named for its most important settlement, Fort Mason.
†††††Garrisoned intermittently from July 6, 1851, to March 23, 1869, Fort Mason was named for Lt. G.T. Mason of the United States 2nd Dragoons, killed in Mexican War action on April 25, 1846, near Brownsville. Fort Mason was one of a chain of posts situated a dayís horseback ride apart, from Red River to the Rio Grande, for protecting frontier against Apaches, Comanches, other Indians.
Erected by the State of Texas - 1971

 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 11285.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 30° 44.216′ N, 99° 13.058′ W. Marker is in Mason, Texas, in Mason County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 87 and Ranch to Market Road 1723, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in a small roadside park at the south corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Mason TX 76856, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Mason (approx.
Mason County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
2. Mason County Marker
0.9 miles away); Two Sheriffs of Mason County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Old Fort Mason (approx. 2.6 miles away); Todd Mountain (approx. 3 miles away); Dizenia Peters Todd (approx. 3 miles away); Kothmann Homesite and Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away); Peter's Prairie School (approx. 11.6 miles away); Bethel M.E. Church (approx. 12.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mason.
 
Also see . . .  Mason County. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on December 20, 2015.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. History of Marker
The marker is one of 264 historical markers erected by the State of Texas near state highways in 1936 in commemoration of the centennial of the independence of Texas. The inscription of the original bronze tablet installed on the marker in 1936 read:

Created January 22, 1858
Organized August 2, 1858

Fort Mason
Established July 6, 1851 and
abandoned March 23,
Mason County Marker in Roadside Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
3. Mason County Marker in Roadside Park
1869. The
county and the county seat were

Named in honor of
Lieutenant G.T. Mason
United States 2nd Dragoons
Killed in action near Brownsville
April 25, 1846

The marker was restored in 1971, and a new bronze tablet with revised language was placed on the marker.
    — Submitted December 20, 2015.

2. Parkland Donation
At the east end of the roadside park is a metal tablet affixed to a boulder that reads, “This site was donated for park purposes to the State Highway Department of Texas by Mr. and Mrs. J.W. White, 1936".
    — Submitted December 20, 2015.

 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American
 
View to Southeast from Roadside Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
4. View to Southeast from Roadside Park
US 87 is to the left of the park, and Ranch Road 1723 is to the right
View to West Across US 87 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
5. View to West Across US 87
Roadside park and marker are on the left (south) side of the highway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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