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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Llano County, Texas

Clickable Map of Llano County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Llano County, TX (68) Blanco County, TX (42) Burnet County, TX (80) Gillespie County, TX (275) Mason County, TX (43) San Saba County, TX (41)  LlanoCounty(68) Llano County (68)  BlancoCounty(42) Blanco County (42)  BurnetCounty(80) Burnet County (80)  GillespieCounty(275) Gillespie County (275)  MasonCounty(43) Mason County (43)  SanSabaCounty(41) San Saba County (41)
Llano is the county seat for Llano County
Adjacent to Llano County, Texas
      Blanco County (42)  
      Burnet County (80)  
      Gillespie County (275)  
      Mason County (43)  
      San Saba County (41)  
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1 Texas, Llano County, Bluffton — 12721 — Bluffton Cemetery
This site was purchased in 1930 by the Emery, Peck and Rockwood Development Company and donated to the Bluffton Cemetery Association in anticipation of the company's construction of what would become Lake Buchanan. They provided the red sandstone . . . Map (db m238663) HM
2 Texas, Llano County, Bluffton — 11696 — Board Branch Cemetery
This graveyard developed as a public burial ground for the Lone Grove community and surrounding area on the property of W.A. and Sallie Templeton. According to oral history, the earliest grave on this site may be that of William Kinderly, reportedly . . . Map (db m238651) HM
3 Texas, Llano County, Bluffton — 12934 — Isaac Byler Maxwell
Isaac Byler "Ike" Maxwell was born April 21, 1837, in Ripley, Tennessee to Isaac D. and Nancy Love Byler Maxwell. In 1844, after his mother died, his family moved to Bluffton, Arkansas. He moved from there to this area in 1854, naming the land . . . Map (db m238664) HM
4 Texas, Llano County, Bluffton — 12907 — Lone Grove School
Among the rural schools in early Llano County were Lone Grove, Flat Rock, Little Llano, McNutt, and Spice Wood. These rural schools also served their communities as gathering places. Located on a major route between Llano and Burnet, Lone Grove . . . Map (db m238652) HM
5 Texas, Llano County, Buchanan — 14617 — C.S.A. Salt Works
Located between Tow Valley and Old Bluffton, 15 mi. NE. Since 1935 under Lake Buchanan. During Civil War made salt for table, meat preserving, diet of cavalry horses, tanning hides. A day's boiling in 100 iron 250-gallon kettles produced 20 to 30 . . . Map (db m51150) HM
6 Texas, Llano County, Buchanan Dam — 17902 — Granite Industry in Llano County
Throughout Llano County, large granite outcrops exist. The first granite quarry in Llano County opened in 1888 on the Llano River. When the railroad arrived in 1892, the demand for granite rapidly increased. Italian immigrant Vincenzo Fantozzi . . . Map (db m143040) HM
7 Texas, Llano County, Castell — Castell Community 1847
Ludwig Schneider and Heinrich Vasterling came from Germany and settled on the north side of the Llano River in 1847. Here Ludwig built the first known log home in Llano county. In 1872 the first U.S. Post Office was opened on the north side of . . . Map (db m164343) HM
8 Texas, Llano County, Castell — 12449 — Castell School
Education for students in Castell may have begun as early as 1852, according to local oral tradition. Earliest written records indicate that the Llano County Commissioners Court designated the Castell School as District No. 6 in 1884, and land was . . . Map (db m237462) HM
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9 Texas, Llano County, Castell — Castell Veterans Memorial
In God we trust In honor of the gallant men and women of the Castell Community who served their country in the military forces of Texas and the United States of America during wartime and at peace. Indian Wars Mexican - American War . . . Map (db m164342) WM
10 Texas, Llano County, Castell — 9440 — German Settlements
In 1867 on Fisher Miller land grant, 3 settlements were begun by German emigration company under Commissioner General John O. Meusebach. CASTELL: Settled by Fredericksburg pioneers of the German Emigration Company, was first and only permanent . . . Map (db m155725) HM
11 Texas, Llano County, Castell — 9444 — Homesite of Emil Kriewitz
Arriving on the Texas coast from Potsdam, Germany, at the onset of the Mexican War in 1846, Emil Kriewitz began his Texas exploits by serving in the U.S. Army. He later was engaged by the Adelsverein to assist German settlement along the Llano . . . Map (db m237460) HM
12 Texas, Llano County, Castell — 9453 — St. John Lutheran Church
German Lutherans in this area were served by circuit-riding lay minister Dietrich Rode as early as 1870. A congregation was organized in 1893 on the north side of the Llano River in the Leiningen settlement (about 3 mi. E). A second church, known as . . . Map (db m237464) HM
13 Texas, Llano County, Castell — 17418 — St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery
The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church had been meeting in its new sanctuary for some four years when the death of one of its members, Anna Charlotte Lillie (Kowierschke) Bauer (1905-1930), led to the purchase of this half acre for use as the . . . Map (db m237463) HM
14 Texas, Llano County, Castell — Texas Ranger Memorial
Texas Ranger Markers dedicated in the Castell Community 2003 Ludwig Schneider Christian Schneider Sr Wilhelm Schneider Frederick Oestreich Christian Oestreich August Leifeste William Fritze Theodore Buchholz Adam Schmidt . . . Map (db m164346) WM
15 Texas, Llano County, Castell — 12412 — Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery
​The oldest documented grave in this burial ground, that of two-year-old Feodor Leifeste, dates from 1871. Two years later, Carl Lehmberg deeded land to the Methodist Episcopal Church, south setting aside this part of the property for a . . . Map (db m155721) HM
16 Texas, Llano County, Horseshoe Bay — 9442 — Charles Haynes(September 12, 1814 - December 29, 1868)
Born in Vermont, Charles Haynes came to Texas in 1836 with the "Buckeye Rangers" of Ohio to fight for independence. He settled at Lockhart, operated a blacksmith shop, was a member of the first county commissioners' court, a justice of the peace, . . . Map (db m216158) HM
17 Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — 15150 — Antlers Hotel
The juncture of the Llano and Colorado Rivers has attracted visitors for millenia. European settlers, including Martin D. King, began moving to the area in the 19th century. King purchased land here in 1877, and it is for him that . . . Map (db m78012) HM
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18 Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — 9438 — Fisher - Miller - Grant
Stretches between Llano and Colorado Rivers westward almost to the Pecos. An 1842 grant of 3,800,000 acres from the Texas Republic, purchased in 1844 by the German Emigration Society. Commissioner General John O. Meusebach founded Fredericksburg in . . . Map (db m31660) HM
19 Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — McKinley Coach
The McKinley Coach is the oldest rail car at The Antlers Hotel. Construction with square nails date it to the 1800’s. Coach/baggage combination cars were especially suited for shortline railroads such as the 7 mile long Rockdale, Sandow & . . . Map (db m110806) HM
20 Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — The Antlers Caboose Rooms
The cabooses were built by the International Railway Car Company for the Norfolk & Western Railroad. Each weighs 54,000 pounds and went into service in 1969 (Red), 1970 (Green), and 1976 (Yellow). The three different heralds painted on the sides . . . Map (db m110803) HM
21 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9431 — Acme Dry Goods Building
Built in 1892 by Llano builder and stonemason John Goodman (1852-1935), this turn-of-the-century commercial row structure has housed a succession of dry goods merchants, including Mrs. Riley's Millinery, Carlton's Dry Goods, and a store operated by . . . Map (db m89463) HM
22 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9432 — Baby Head Cemetery
According to local oral tradition, the name Baby Head was given to the mountain in this area in the 1850s, when a small child was killed by Indians and its remains left on the mountain. A local creek also carried the name, and a pioneer community . . . Map (db m157931) HM
23 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9433 — Badu House
Built in 1891 during the city's iron production boom days, this structure originally housed the First National Bank of Llano. In 1898 it was purchased by French native N.J. "Professor" Badu, a noted local mineralogist, for use as a residence. . . . Map (db m238527) HM
24 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9433 — Badu House
Built in 1891 during the city's iron production boom days, this structure originally housed the First National Bank of Llano. In 1898 it was purchased by French native N.J. "Professor" Badu, a noted local mineralogist, for use as a residence. . . . Map (db m238650) HM
25 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9434 — Cassaday Grey Granite Company Office Building
Llano businessman Tye Yates Hill built this structure in 1919 to house the office of the Cassaday Grey Granite Company, so named for the man whose nearby land contained a rare deposit of the high-quality stone. The building's "Alamotif" parapet . . . Map (db m215150) HM
26 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9458 — Community of Valley Spring
O.C.J. Phillips, first settler, arrived in 1853. Whistleville combined with Bugscuffle to form Valley Spring, with post office established 1878. This was birthplace of James Field Smathers (1888-1967), inventor of electric typewriter.Map (db m91456) HM
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27 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 14598 — Dillard Cooper
South Carolina native Dillard Cooper came to Texas in Jan. 1836 with Capt. John Shackelford's Red Rovers, landing at Copano Bay and joining Col. James Fannin's command. Following the Texians' defeat at the Battle of Coleto Creek on March 20, the . . . Map (db m238502) HM
28 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9437 — Early Explorers in Llano County
By commission of the Governor of Spanish Texas, Bernardo de Miranda in 1756 examined Cerro del Almagre, a red ochre hill supposedly rich in silver. His party of 23 from San Antonio struck Honey Creek near here, then went to the junction of the . . . Map (db m20638) HM
29 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 12728 — First Christian Church of Llano
This congregation began worshiping together about 1882. Early services were held in a two-room schoolhouse. By 1886 members were meeting in the county courthouse, and two years later, the church moved to this site. Early baptisms were held in the . . . Map (db m238514) HM
30 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9439 — Ford Street Commercial Row
These three attached structures are believed to have been built by John Goodman, a builder and stone mason who immigrated to Llano from Germany in 1878. They exhibit typical features of early 20th century commercial structures, including corbelled . . . Map (db m150357) HM
31 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 15531 — Former Site of Bruhl's Drugstore
Louis Herman Bruhl (1849-1931) immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1867. He became an American citizen in 1870, the same year he married Leonie Julia Hammale. A merchant and pharmacist, Bruhl lived in Waco and Rockport, and served as . . . Map (db m158124) HM
32 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9456 — Frank Teich(Sept. 22, 1856 - Jan. 27, 1939)
A native of Germany, Frank Teich studied under master German artists and sculptors before coming to the United States in 1878. By 1883 he was established in San Antonio as an accomplished stonemason and artist. His supervision of work on the . . . Map (db m91584) HM
33 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9441 — Grace Episcopal Church
Begun as Llano Academy, 1881 venture failed. Bought 1883 by West Texas Missionary District, Episcopal Church. Building was completed and first worship service held 1889 by Bishop James Steptoe Johnston. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - . . . Map (db m238510) HM
34 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Honor Roll
In Memory of Those Men From Llano County Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in World War II Garland Banks Albert H. Bales Elmer J. Baker Carl Adrain Beesley Hal B. Breazeale Johnie H.G. Clawson C.M. Cooper Hudson J. Davis Alton . . . Map (db m228962) WM
35 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 17913 — Lantex Theater
This theater opened on May 19, 1927, on the north side of Llano’s courthouse square. S. D. Rainier and George Shaw hired J. R. Blackmore as their builder. On opening night, a packed house, at 30 cents for adults and 10 cents for children, enjoyed . . . Map (db m150355) HM
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36 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano Branch
Austin & Northwestern Railroad Historic District Kingsland/Llano Vicinity Arrived in Llano June 7, 1892 Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m158135) HM
37 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 13488 — Llano City Cemetery
Area residents founded the city of Llano as the county seat for newly-formed Llano County in 1856. By August 1862, with interment of one-year-old Tina Miller, this site served as a burial ground. Seventeen-year-old Emily Young Wright was interred . . . Map (db m238501) HM
38 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano Confederate Memorial
To our Confederate Dead 1861 1865Map (db m184695) WM
39 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 14149 — Llano County Reported missing
The name "Llano," first given by Spanish explorers in the 18th century to the river traversing the region, is a corruption of the French name given the Lipan Indians. First settlements were made by Germans about 1850. The county, created from . . . Map (db m150356) HM
40 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano County Afghanistan and Iraq Wars on Terror
In Honor of All Fallen Heroes of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars on Terror 'Lest They Be Forgotten' Map (db m228975) WM
41 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9446 — Llano County Courthouse
Designed by Austin architect A. O. Watson, this building is the fourth courthouse for Llano County. Work on the structure began in 1892 and was completed one year later. The contractors were J. A. and G. H. Wilson of Sulphur Springs. The courthouse . . . Map (db m89190) HM
42 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano County Desert Storm Troops
God Bless Them Derek W. Almond Lance Ahrlett Tommy Bostick Jr. Christopher Brase Lee Brumm David Burke Melanie Castro Gerald Chaffin Jerry Deatherage Michael Gallagher Brian K. Goodson Christopher Greenish Shannon . . . Map (db m228967) WM
43 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9447 — Llano County Granite Industry
Llano County's granite industry can be traced to 1888 when J. K. Finlay first polished a stone from his mill site and David Stewart opened a quarry south of Llano. Prominent sculptor Frank Teich leased a quarry from Stewart and established Teich . . . Map (db m89329) HM
44 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano County Organized
Near this site on June 14, 1856 Llano County was organized and Llano designated as the county seat. The organizing commissioner was Clement Oatman. Erected 1956Map (db m158221) HM
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45 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to those who died in service as well as the veterans who returned home to the families that suffered and to the nation that now finds time to remember. Korea June 25, 1950 Jan. 31, 1950 Medal of Honor Whitt Loyd . . . Map (db m184716) WM
46 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano County World War I Memorial
In Grateful Memory of the Men of Llano County Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War 1917-1918 Lee M. Anderson William E. Britton Otto L. Click Oscar H. Clinger Elmer Lee Crockett Newlan Culbert William F. . . . Map (db m228951) WM
47 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano Flagpole Memorial
Veterans of Foreign WarsMap (db m238507) WM
48 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 12034 — Llano Woman's Culture Club
Local music teacher Jennie Clopton (1861-1904) organized the Woman's Literary Society with 16 charter members in 1901. The club established a public library, first called Clopton Library for the club's founder. Other projects of the renamed . . . Map (db m91018) HM
49 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 14653 — Nine Miles West is the Enchanted Rock
From its summit, in the fall of 1841 Captain John C. Hays while surrounded by Comanche Indians who cut him off from his ranging company, repulsed the whole band and inflicted upon them such heavy loss that they fled.Map (db m71920) HM
50 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9450 — O'Henry School Building
The original section of this two-story schoolhouse was completed in 1887 to serve the Llano students living south of the river. Constructed of native sandstone and timber, it was known as the "College Building" because of the stately style. An . . . Map (db m238498) HM
51 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9455 — Old Southern Hotel Building
J.W. Owen had this hotel building constructed about 1880. Stonemasons J.K. Finlay and John Goodman built the original two-story structure, which was a stagecoach stop. The third floor was added during the ownership of Col. W.A.H. Miller, who bought . . . Map (db m90881) HM
52 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9452 — Packsaddle Mountain
Two and one half miles east on the Packsaddle Mountain in a battle fought August 4, 1873 Captain J. R. Moss, Stephen B. Moss William B. Moss, Eli Lloyd Arch Martin, Pink Ayers E. D. Harrington and Robert Brown routed a band of Indians . . . Map (db m20643) HM
53 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 4264 — Richmond Alexander McInnis
Mississippi native Richmond Alexander (R.A.) McInnis (1852-1922) moved to Llano as a young man in the 1870s. He owned and operated Llano Furniture Company on the town square, and served as Llano County Sheriff from 1880 to 1882. McInnis married . . . Map (db m238518) HM
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54 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 18463 — Robert E. Rowntree House
Early Llano County leader, Robert Flack (Bob) Rowntree (1847-1893), built this majestic two story house in the Prairie Mountain community from 1875 to 1888. Scottish architect John K. Finlay, a pioneer in the Texas granite industry, designed the . . . Map (db m237469) HM
55 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 12035 — Saint James Lutheran Church
Founded in 1897, St. Jakobi Evangelish Lutherisch Kirche was organized to serve German Lutherans in the growing community of Llano. Pastor Hugo Krienke, also serving churches in Mason and Leiningen, held German-language services first in Llano's . . . Map (db m91615) HM
56 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 12458 — Site of Prairie Mountain School
German immigrants and pioneer settlers established the Prairie Mountain community once known as Starks in the mid 1800s. In 1906 the Putman School relocated to Hickory Creek site and was renamed Prairie Mountain School. Community members built a . . . Map (db m237471) HM
57 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9454 — Six Mile Cemetery
Six Mile Cemetery has served residents of Six Mile since the early 1880s. William A. and Jane E. Stephens, early residents of this farming and ranching community, donated land for a burial ground in 1883. The earliest marked grave is that of Charles . . . Map (db m237465) HM
58 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 12037 — Six Mile School
Six Mile community was established in the 1880s. Most residents farmed, ranched or worked in granite quarries. The land around this site was donated to Llano County by William A. and Jane E. Stevens for a school and cemetery in 1883. The first . . . Map (db m237467) HM
59 Texas, Llano County, Llano — Texas Historic BridgeRoy B. Inks Bridge
Named for a former mayor of Llano, the Roy B. Inks Bridge was built in 1936 to carry State Highway 29 (now State Highway 16) over the Llano River. The Inks Bridge replaced an earlier 1892 truss bridge at this location, which had been swept away by a . . . Map (db m117825) HM
60 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9448 — The Llano County Jail
This building was erected in 1895 by the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Co. of St. Louis, Mo. The gray granite for the exterior was quarried in the county. The red roof of the Romanesque revival jail provided the building its nickname, and . . . Map (db m89322) HM
61 Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9459 — Watkins House
Merchant and civic leader George M. Watkins (1863-1945) and his second wife, Lutie (McLean) (d. 1921), first president of Llano's Woman's Culture Club, built this house about 1916. The house, probably built by local contractor J.R. Blackmore, is a . . . Map (db m215154) HM
62 Texas, Llano County, Oxford — 9451 — Oxford Cemetery(1/4 Mile East)
The Oxford community was founded in 1880 when Confederate veteran A.J. Johnson came to Llano County and laid out the townsite. In 1881, a burial ground was established near this site for the use of the families of Oxford. Burials date from 1883, . . . Map (db m29843) HM
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63 Texas, Llano County, Sunrise Beach Village — 17421 — Sandy Mountain Cemetery
The Sandy Mountain community boasted a post office as early as 1859, but records of the first use of this site for burials may have been lost when the county courthouse burned in 1892. The death of an infant Marion Walter Allen in 1873 is recorded . . . Map (db m217858) HM
64 Texas, Llano County, Tow — 17419 — Tow Cemetery
The 1850 death date of eight-year old Margaret R. Thorp, said to have died from a snakebite, documents the age of this burial ground in the community that formed around the Bluffton-Tow Saltworks. An obelisk with an 1846 date is a memorial for a . . . Map (db m238665) HM
65 Texas, Llano County, Valley Spring — 14119 — Huffman Cemetery
James Jackson Larremore brought his family to Llano County in 1853. Daughter Martha met and married James S. Huffman in 1856 and the couple resided along the Llano River, rearing their seven children. Following service in the Civil War, Huffman . . . Map (db m238728) HM
66 Texas, Llano County, Valley Spring — 12036 — Salem Cemetery
William Leggette Lewis, a physician and ordained Methodist minister who served in the Civil War, came to Texas with his family in 1878. Lewis land probably was used for a family and community burial ground before 1884, when Rebecca Ann Stevenson, . . . Map (db m238666) HM
67 Texas, Llano County, Valley Spring — 5631 — Valley Spring Cemetery
This hilltop cemetery has served the local community since 1867 when Martha Epperson Eaker and Hattie Phillips, daughters of pioneer settlers in the area, were buried here. Burials continued, and in 1877 the Epperson family donated land for the . . . Map (db m238679) HM
68 Texas, Llano County, Valley Spring — 9457 — Valley Springs Primitive Baptist Church
Constituted in August 1882, this congregation elected one of its eleven charter members, elder S.R. Woods, as its first pastor. The membership met monthly in the Valley Springs schoolhouse until 1886 when it moved to the Shiloh Community School . . . Map (db m238667) HM
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Feb. 21, 2024