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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 (38) Blanco County, TX (32) Burnet County, TX (77) Gillespie County, TX (241) Mason County, TX (22) San Saba County, TX (25)  LlanoCounty(38) Llano County (38)  BlancoCounty(32) Blanco County (32)  BurnetCounty(77) Burnet County (77)  GillespieCounty(241) Gillespie County (241)  MasonCounty(22) Mason County (22)  SanSabaCounty(25) San Saba County (25)
Llano is the county seat for Llano County
Adjacent to Llano County, Texas
      Blanco County (32)  
      Burnet County (77)  
      Gillespie County (241)  
      Mason County (22)  
      San Saba County (25)  
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1Texas, Llano County, Buchanan — 14617 — C.S.A. Salt Works
On State Highway 29 at State Highway 261 on State Highway 29.
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
2Texas, Llano County, Buchanan Dam — 17902 — Granite Industry in Llano County
On TX-29 at TX-261, on the right when traveling west on TX-29.
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
3Texas, Llano County, Castell — Castell Community 1847
On Farm to Market Road 152, 0.1 miles east of Old School House Road, on the right when traveling west.
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
4Texas, Llano County, Castell — Castell Veterans Memorial
On Farm to Market Road 152, 0.1 miles east of Old School House Road, on the right when traveling west.
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
5Texas, Llano County, Castell — 11274 — First Known Religious Services in Mason County
On County Highway 104, 0.2 miles west of Farm to Market Road 2768, on the right when traveling west.
Early settlers in this area were German immigrants who arrived about 1850. Their first worship services were held about twenty feet north of this site, under a large oak tree on the property of August H. Leifeste, Sr. (1812-1884). During the early . . . Map (db m155726) HM
6Texas, Llano County, Castell — 9440 — German Settlements
On Farm to Market Road 2768 at County Highway 104, on the left when traveling west on Highway 2768.
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
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7Texas, Llano County, Castell — Texas Ranger Memorial
On Farm to Market Road 152, 0.1 miles Old School House Road, on the right when traveling west.
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
8Texas, Llano County, Castell — 12412 — Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery
On Old School House Road, 0.1 miles south of Ranch to Market Road 152, on the left when traveling south.
​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
9Texas, Llano County, Cottonwood Shores — 9713 — Fuchs Cemetery
On Birch Lane, 0.2 miles north of Brookwood Drive, on the left when traveling north.
Land here granted by the Republic of Texas to Ferdinand Lueders, Battle of San Jacinto veteran, was transferred in 1844 to the Rev. Adolph Fuchs (1805-1885) of Germany. Fuchs, a noted musician and composer, immigrated to Texas with his wife and 7 . . . Map (db m139971) HM
10Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — 15150 — Antlers Hotel
Near King Court at Pecan Street, on the right when traveling west.
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
11Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — 9438 — Fisher - Miller - Grant
On Ranch to Market Road 1431, 0.2 miles north of Coldwell Boulevard (County Road 127), on the left when traveling north.
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
12Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — McKinley Coach
On King Court, 0.1 miles west of East FM Road 1431, on the left when traveling west.
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
13Texas, Llano County, Kingsland — The Antlers Caboose Rooms
On King Court at East FM Road 1431, on the right when traveling west on King Court.
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
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14Texas, 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
15Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9432 — Baby Head Cemetery
On State Highway 16, 0.7 miles north of County Highway 226, on the right when traveling north.
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
16Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9434 — Cassaday Grey Granite Company Office Building
On Bessemer Avenue at Market Street, on the right when traveling south on Bessemer Avenue.
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
17Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9458 — Community of Valley Spring
On State Highway 71, 0.1 miles south of Farm to Market Road 1659, on the right when traveling east.
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
18Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9437 — Early Explorers in Llano County
On Highway 71, on the right when traveling west.
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
19Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9439 — Ford Street Commercial Row
On East Haynie Street at Ford Street (State Highway 16), on the right when traveling east on East Haynie Street.
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
20Texas, Llano County, Llano — 15531 — Former Site of Bruhl's Drugstore
On East Burnet Street at Train Station Drive, on the right when traveling south on East Burnet Street.
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
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21Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9456 — Frank Teich(Sept. 22, 1856 - Jan. 27, 1939)
On Ford Street (State Highway 16/71) at West Sandstone Street, on the left when traveling north on Ford Street.
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
22Texas, Llano County, Llano — 17913 — Lantex Theater
On West Main Street (Ranch to Market Road 152), on the right when traveling west.
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
23Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano Branch
On East Burnet Street at Train Station Drive, on the right when traveling south on East Burnet Street.
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
24Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano Confederate Memorial
On Ford Street (State Highway 16) at West Main Street, on the left when traveling north on Ford Street.
To our Confederate Dead 1861 1865Map (db m184695) WM
25Texas, Llano County, Llano — 14149 — Llano County
On State Highway 16, 0.2 miles north of Evelyn Gould Drive, on the right when traveling south. 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
26Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9446 — Llano County Courthouse
On Ford Street at West Main Street (County Route 152), on the right when traveling south on Ford Street.
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
27Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9447 — Llano County Granite Industry
On Ford Street (State Highway 71) at East Haynie Street, on the right when traveling north on Ford Street.
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
28Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano County Organized
On Ford Street (State Highway 16) at West Haynie Street, on the right when traveling south on Ford Street.
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
29Texas, Llano County, Llano — Llano County Veterans Memorial
On Ford Street (State Highway 16) at West Main Street, on the left when traveling north on Ford Street.
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
30Texas, Llano County, Llano — 12034 — Llano Woman's Culture Club
On West Sandstone Street at Berry Street, on the right when traveling west on West Sandstone Street.
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
31Texas, Llano County, Llano — 14653 — Nine Miles West is the Enchanted Rock
On Farm to Market Road 965 at Texas Highway 16, on the right when traveling west on Route 965.
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
32Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9455 — Old Southern Hotel Building
On West Main Street (County Route 152) at Berry Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
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
33Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9452 — Packsaddle Mountain
On State Highway 71, on the left when traveling east.
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
34Texas, Llano County, Llano — 12035 — Saint James Lutheran Church
On Ford Street (State Highway 16/71) at West College Street, on the left when traveling north on Ford Street.
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
35Texas, Llano County, Llano — Texas Historic BridgeRoy B. Inks Bridge
On Bessemer Avenue (State Highway 16) at West Haynie Street, on the right when traveling north on Bessemer Avenue.
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
36Texas, 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
37Texas, Llano County, Llano — 9459 — Watkins House
On West Sandstone Street.
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
38Texas, Llano County, Oxford — 9451 — Oxford Cemetery(1/4 Mile East)
On State Highway 16 at County Road 113, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 16.
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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Feb. 6, 2023