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Historical Markers in Mason County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Mason County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Mason County, TX (22) Gillespie County, TX (241) Kimble County, TX (62) Llano County, TX (38) McCulloch County, TX (21) Menard County, TX (36) San Saba County, TX (25)  MasonCounty(22) Mason County (22)  GillespieCounty(241) Gillespie County (241)  KimbleCounty(62) Kimble County (62)  LlanoCounty(38) Llano County (38)  McCullochCounty(21) McCulloch County (21)  MenardCounty(36) Menard County (36)  SanSabaCounty(25) San Saba County (25)
Mason is the county seat for Mason County
Adjacent to Mason County, Texas
      Gillespie County (241)  
      Kimble County (62)  
      Llano County (38)  
      McCulloch County (21)  
      Menard County (36)  
      San Saba County (25)  
 
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1Texas, Mason County, Art — 11282 — Kothmann Homesite and Cemetery
On Austin Street (State Highway 29) at N. Art Road, on the right when traveling east on Austin Street.
Heinrich Conrad Kothmann (1798-1881) and his wife Ilse Katherine Pahlmann (1810-1905) and their family sailed from Germany to Indianola, Texas in 1845. Among the first families to settle in Fredericksburg, the Kothmanns were issued a 640 acre land . . . Map (db m44445) HM
2Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11269 — Bethel M.E. Church
Near Loeffler Lane, 0.2 miles east of Ranch to Market Road 783.
Built 1862. Second church of any faith in Mason County. Housed first school in the county. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965Map (db m91747) HM
3Texas, Mason County, Mason — 12047 — Broad Street Bridge
On Broad Street at Starling Street, on the right when traveling south on Broad Street.
In 1914, citizens of Mason petitioned the county commissioners court for a reliable means of crossing Comanche Creek, which separated north and south Mason. Initial construction bids were deemed too high and a second petition was presented in . . . Map (db m155730) HM
4Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11297 — Dizenia Peters Todd(Aug. 5, 1826 - Jan. 1865)
Near Ranch to Market Road 2389, 0.9 miles south of Ranch to Market Road 1723, on the left when traveling south.
Born in Mississippi, Dizenia Peters moved to Texas with her parents about 1835. She married William P. Smith in 1844, and had a son, James. After Smith’s death, she married George W. Todd (1827-1901) in 1851; they had 3 daughters. Todd and members . . . Map (db m91933) HM
5Texas, Mason County, Mason — 17809 — First Comanche-German Meeting
On Fort McKavett Street (U.S. 87), on the right when traveling west.
At this site on February 5, 1847, seven or eight Penateka Comanches headed by Chief Ketumusua (also Ketumsee, Katemcy, Katemoczy) had their first encounter with an expedition of German immigrants led by John O. Meusebach. The group of about forty . . . Map (db m150347) HM
6Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11277 — Fort Mason & Camp Llano C.S.A.
On San Antonio Street (U.S. 87) at Westmoreland Street, on the left when traveling north on San Antonio Street.
(front side) Fort Mason, located 5 blocks south, was headquarters for the first regiment Texas Mounted Rifles 1861-62. These Confederate troops occupied the line of old U. S. forts to give protection against Indians. 215 . . . Map (db m118232) HM
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7Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11283 — Herman and Willie Lehmann
Near Horse Mountain Road, 0.2 miles east of Ranch to Market Road 2242, on the right when traveling east.
German immigrants Moritz and Auguste Lehmann settled along Squaw Creek (4 mi. w) in the 1850s. After Moritz’s death, Auguste married Phillip Buchmeier. On May 16, 1870, two of the Lehmann children, Herman (age 10) and Willie (age 8) were captured by . . . Map (db m90986) HM
8Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11280 — Hofmann Dry Goods Company
On Fort McKavett Street (U.S. 87), on the right when traveling west.
Founded by brothers-in-law William Hofmann and Ernest H. Bogusch, Hofmann and Company opened for business in August 1890, providing the citizens of Mason and the surrounding communities with a central supply and trading source. The name of the store . . . Map (db m150758) HM
9Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11288 — Homesite of John O. Meusebach, 1812-1897(1/4 mi. SE, in Loyal Valley)
On U.S. 87 at Ranch to Market Road 2242, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 87.
By 1848, German colonization reached area under direction of John O. Meusebach, who succeeded Prince Carol of Solms-Braunfels as colony leader and who signed treaty with Comanches allowing peaceful settlement of the land between the Llano and San . . . Map (db m90956) HM
10Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11281 — Koocksville
On Koocksville Road at Koocksville Lane, on the left when traveling west on Koocksville Road.
Pioneers began to settle this locality in the 1850s. The oldest marked grave in Crosby Cemetery is dated 1856. The community became known as Koocksville after William Koock (1838-1890), a native of Germany, built a one-room log store here in 1867. . . . Map (db m155731) HM
11Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11285 — Mason County
Near U.S. 87 at Ranch to Market Road 1723, on the right when traveling south.
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 . . . Map (db m91741) HM
12Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11286 — Mason County Courthouse
On Fort McKavett Street (U.S. 87) at Broad Street, on the right when traveling east on Fort McKavett Street.
Constructed in 1909, this is the third courthouse to serve the people of Mason County. Commissioners Court probably met in other locations until the first courthouse was built in 1872. It burned in 1877 and was replaced that year by a second red . . . Map (db m118894) HM
13Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11287 — Mason County Jail
On Westmoreland Street at Post Hill Street, on the left when traveling west on Westmoreland Street.
A good example of a small, nineteenth-century jail, this structure was built in 1894 from the brown sandstone available in the nearby hills. The ground floor of the county's third jail includes living quarters for the sheriff, while the jail . . . Map (db m118199) HM
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14Texas, Mason County, Mason — 13019 — Mason National Bank
On Westmoreland Street west of San Antonio Street (U.S. 87), on the left when traveling west.
Throughout the 1890s, private banking institutions sporadically served Mason residents. In December 1903, several pioneer settlers met to form a new bank. It received its authorization in January 1904 as the German American National Bank of . . . Map (db m118200) HM
15Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11276 — Old Fort Mason
On U.S. 87, 0.1 miles north of U.S. 377, on the left when traveling north.
Situated near a spring long used by Indians; built of stone quarried from Post Hill. Fort helped protect Texas frontier from Indians. Colonel Robert E. Lee stationed in Texas 2 years, commanded Fort Mason from Feb. 1860 to Feb. 1861. Here he made . . . Map (db m90948) HM
16Texas, Mason County, Mason — 17658 — Peter's Prairie School
On U.S. 87, 0.5 miles south of Ranch to Market Road 1222, on the right when traveling south.
During the 1850s and 1860s, Mason County landowner “Major” Joshua Peters, supplied cut prairie grasses from here to Fort Mason for their horses. The community which developed took the name Peter’s Prairie. In 1877, John Rhoads and W.H. . . . Map (db m90947) HM
17Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11278 — R. Grosse and Sons
On San Antonio Street (U.S. 87), on the right when traveling north.
Born and educated as an architect in Germany, Richard E. Grosse (1860-1944) came to Mason County in 1882. Settling first in Plehweville (Art), he worked as a stonemason and married Louisa Carolina von Donop in 1886. He opened a lumberyard and, upon . . . Map (db m150762) HM
18Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11275 — Site of Fort Mason
On Spruce Street at Post Hill Street, on the right when traveling west on Spruce Street.
Established July 6, 1851 by the U. S. Army as a protection to the frontier Named in honor of Lieut. George T. Mason, killed in action near Brownsville, April 25, 1846 Albert Sidney Johnston, George H. Thomas, Earl Van Dorn and Robert E. Lee, of . . . Map (db m29972) HM
19Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11270 — The Commercial Bank
On Moody Street at Fort McKavett Street (U.S. 87), on the right when traveling south on Moody Street.
German immigrant Anna Mebus (1843-1925) came to Texas in 1858 and married her merchant cousin, Karl Martin (1828-1879), in 1859. After his death she continued to operate their Mason store and post office, and by the 1880s was handling the cash of . . . Map (db m150760) HM
20Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11298 — Todd Mountain
On Ranch to Market Road 2389, 0.9 miles south of Ranch to Market Road 1723, on the left when traveling south.
Named for family of George W. Todd, first Mason County clerk, which was attacked by Indians at this site while en route to Mason in late Dec. 1864.      A 12-year-old black servant girl was killed, 13-year-old Alice Todd taken captive, and Todd’s . . . Map (db m91934) HM
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21Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11296 — Two Sheriffs of Mason County
On Fort McKavitt Street (U.S. 87) 0.2 miles south of Koocksville Rd / W. Spring St, on the left when traveling south.
A native of Kentucky, Thomas S. Milligan (1810-1860) moved to this area in 1855 and operated a change station for the stage line. He was also a rancher and supplied beef to the soldiers at Fort Mason. Shortly after Mason County was organized in 1858 . . . Map (db m90949) HM
22Texas, Mason County, Pontotoc — 11294 — Pontotoc and San Fernando Academy(Site of Academy is 100 yards north)
On State Highway 71, 0.1 miles west of Farm to Market Road 501, on the right when traveling west.
Pontotoc, settled about 1859, was named by first merchant, M.R. Kidd, for his former home town in Mississippi. Post office was opened in 1878 in the B.J. Willis home, with Mrs. Willis postmaster. Founded by interested citizens, San Fernando . . . Map (db m91458) HM
 
 
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Feb. 5, 2023