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Historical Markers and War Memorials 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;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Mason County, TX (43) Gillespie County, TX (306) Kimble County, TX (64) Llano County, TX (68) McCulloch County, TX (22) Menard County, TX (36) San Saba County, TX (46)  MasonCounty(43) Mason County (43)  GillespieCounty(306) Gillespie County (306)  KimbleCounty(64) Kimble County (64)  LlanoCounty(68) Llano County (68)  McCullochCounty(22) McCulloch County (22)  MenardCounty(36) Menard County (36)  SanSabaCounty(46) San Saba County (46)
Mason is the county seat for Mason County
Adjacent to Mason County, Texas
      Gillespie County (306)  
      Kimble County (64)  
      Llano County (68)  
      McCulloch County (22)  
      Menard County (36)  
      San Saba County (46)  
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1 Texas, Mason County, Art — 11266 — Art Methodist Church
Organized 1856 by the Rev. C.A. Grote, first minister to preach here. First building was erected in 1858; second one, of stone, in 1875. The present structure was built 1890 on land donated by Ernst Jordan, Sr., charter member. Until 1927, all . . . Map (db m237404) HM
2 Texas, Mason County, Art — 11273 — Art Schoolhouse
Originally this was the area's second Methodist Church. Built of native stone and lumber by the pioneers in 1875, after a fire destroyed an 1858 church and school structure. Rocks were plastered over about 1938. After the 1890's this building was . . . Map (db m237408) HM
3 Texas, Mason County, Art — 11279 — Daniel Hoerster
Cattle brands inspector, killed 1875 by cattle rustlers in Mason County War - a feud between the law and the lawless. Recorded - 1967Map (db m237405) HM
4 Texas, Mason County, Art — 11282 — Kothmann Homesite and Cemetery
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
5 Texas, Mason County, Art — On This Site the First Church in Mason County
On This Site the First Church in Mason County Was Erected 1858 Organized by Methodist Pioneers 1856Map (db m237406) HM
6 Texas, Mason County, Castell — 11274 — First Known Religious Services in Mason County
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
7 Texas, Mason County, Fredonia — 17426 — Wagram Cemetery
This cemetery was created to serve settlers of the Blue Stretch community, which became known as Wagram when the post office opened in 1906. This cemetery was established alongside the community schoolhouse. The first marked burial is that of . . . Map (db m237350) HM
8 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11269 — Bethel M.E. Church
Built 1862. Second church of any faith in Mason County. Housed first school in the county. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965Map (db m91747) HM
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9 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 12047 — Broad Street Bridge
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
10 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11297 — Dizenia Peters Todd(Aug. 5, 1826 - Jan. 1865)
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
11 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11272 — First Christian Church
Organized Feb. 14, 1875, with M. E. Gibson as first minister. Land for church was purchased from John and Louisa Schuessler on Oct. 16, 1876, by church elders John R. McGee, A. P. Boston, Whitmill Holland, and B. F. Gooch. This structure, built of . . . Map (db m220773) HM
12 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 17809 — First Comanche-German Meeting
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
13 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11277 — Fort Mason & Camp Llano C.S.A.
(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
14 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11283 — Herman and Willie Lehmann
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
15 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11280 — Hofmann Dry Goods Company
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
16 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 12510 — Holmes & Bierschwale Law and Land Office
Attorney Henry Holmes (1836-1895) moved to Mason after serving in the U.S. Army and continued his public service as county attorney, justice of the peace and personal secretary to Gov. Lawrence Sullivan Ross. About 1883 he had this sandstone . . . Map (db m237349) HM
17 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11288 — Homesite of John O. Meusebach, 1812-1897(1/4 mi. SE, in Loyal Valley)
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
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18 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11268 — John Bate Berry(1813-1891)
Forefathers resisting America's foes on many frontiers inspired John Bate Berry, who came to Texas from Kentucky in 1826. He fought (1835-36) in the Texas War for Independence and in the 1842 Mier Expedition to stop Mexican raids on the Republic of . . . Map (db m237346) HM
19 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11281 — Koocksville
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
20 Texas, Mason County, Mason — Lutheran Sunday School Building
St. Paul Lutheran Church's first Sunday school building, constructed of Basse block made in Fredericksburg, was completed near the end of 1916. It opened in 1917, shortly before the U.S. entered World War I. Although the congregation decided early . . . Map (db m237352) HM
21 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11285 — Mason County
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
22 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11286 — Mason County Courthouse
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
23 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11287 — Mason County Jail
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
24 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 12048 — Mason House Hotel & Stage Station
Built in 1869-70 by S. F. (Lace) Bridges, the Mason House was a hotel and stagecoach stop on the San Antonio to El Paso Road. It was a popular stopping place, providing respite for many weary travelers and hearty meals for local residents. A tragic . . . Map (db m220775) HM
25 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 13019 — Mason National Bank
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
26 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 14234 — Methodism in Mason County
When Mason County organized in 1858, a number of Methodists lived in this area, served by English and German speaking circuit preachers. In the town of Mason, four different conferences (north and south for both English and German) met separately in . . . Map (db m237333) HM
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27 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11276 — Old Fort Mason
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
28 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11289 — Old Mason Grammar School
Located near Gamel Springs on grounds of Fort Mason (1851-61; 1866-69), the last federal command of Robert E. Lee prior to Civil War. Constructed in 1887, by August Brockmann, of stone from post buildings, quarried on this hill. Served Mason . . . Map (db m237348) HM
29 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 17658 — Peter's Prairie School
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
30 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11278 — R. Grosse and Sons
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
31 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 13029 — Rudolph and Therese Runge House
In the 1880s and 1890s, stonemason Thomas Broad built several homes in Mason similar to this one, owned by E.J. and Louise Broad from 1891 until they sold it in 1895 to Therese (Marschall) Runge (1855-1946). Her husband, Rudolph Runge (1849-1914), . . . Map (db m237332) HM
32 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11293 — Seaquist Home
In 1887 work was begun on this structure by the Rev. Thomas Broad. Banker E.M. Reynolds acquired (1891) and enlarged the house. The architect, Richard E. Grosse, also did the ornate stonecutting and woodcarving. Property was sold (1919) to Oscar E. . . . Map (db m237334) HM
33 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11275 — Site of Fort Mason
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
34 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11295 — Spring Street Church
Constructed in 1892, this church structure originally served a German Methodist Episcopal congregation. Later home to the Church of the Nazarene and Spring Street Gospel Church, it has played an important role in Mason's religious history. The . . . Map (db m237335) HM
35 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11291 — St. Joseph's Catholic Church
This congregation was organized in February 1873, though Catholic worship services had been held in area homes by visiting clergy for several years. Primary members of the congregation were German and Irish immigrants. The land on which the church . . . Map (db m237344) HM
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36 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11292 — St. Paul Lutheran Church
Descendants of German pioneers who settled this area in 1850s hold membership in this church. As early as 1853, missionaries such as pastor Philip Zizelmann who rode a donkey, held services in settlers' homes. Church was organized with 13 members on . . . Map (db m220774) HM
37 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11270 — The Commercial Bank
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
38 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11284 — The Lindsay House
Tom Lindsay settled in Mason County during the 1860s and was a farmer and cattle raiser north of the town of Mason. About 1899 he and his wife, Fredericka (Durst), moved into town and built this house. It features fine stonework, particularly in the . . . Map (db m237336) HM
39 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11299 — The Whorlie Well
Named for a victim in famous "Hoodoo War", provoked by cattle rustling in Mason County. John Whorlie (or Worley), a deputy sheriff, on May 13, 1875, lost a prisoner to a lynch mob. On Aug. 10,1875, Whorlie was killed and scalped while working on . . . Map (db m237345) HM
40 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11298 — Todd Mountain
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
41 Texas, Mason County, Mason — 11296 — Two Sheriffs of Mason County
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
42 Texas, Mason County, Pontotoc — 11294 — Pontotoc and San Fernando Academy(Site of Academy is 100 yards north)
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
43 Texas, Mason County, Pontotoc — Veterans of the Hutchison School
Front Side Adams, Donval • Banner, Bobby • Banner, James • Barclay, Maurice • Barrett, Dayton • Barton, Douglas • Barton, James E. • Bird, Paula McLeod • Bode, Charles A. • Bode, Iven • Bode, Robert G. • Bodkin, Jack • Box, J.P. • Brady, . . . Map (db m238732) WM
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