Founded in 1855, on the clear, spring-fed Llano River, the town
of Llano became the county seat in 1856. Well established by
1860 with stores, saloons and a hotel, there was no church in
the rough frontier village. Llano courthouse dates from 1892.
Brief boom of industrial speculation followed iron ore discovery
in 1880s, but commercial ore quantity proved elusive, as did other
mining ventures for asbestos, copper, graphite, lead, magnesium,
and zinc. Llanite, a unique type of dark pink granite with inclusions
of sky-blue quartz crystals, is found nowhere else in the world.
The present farm-ranch community in scenic Hill Country bills
itself the "Deer Capital of Texas" and hosts many hunters
seeking abundant white tailed deer during fall-winter season.
Year-round fishing in picturesque Llano River and nearby Highland
Lakes. Entire downtown square is designated a National Historic
- CITY-COUNTY PARKS-Camping and picnicking available
at all. Some with RV hookups, lake and pool swimming, fishing,
boat ramp, playgrounds, 9-hole golf course, hiking trails, and
scenic views. Black Rock and Shaw Island Parks on Lake Buchanan;
Robinson City Park on Llano River; Llano County Community Center
(park) on west edge of town. Details at the Llano County Chamber
of Commerce, 700 Bessemer (Texas 16) north of the river bridge;
open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - noon; 1-5 p.m. 915/247-5354.
- ENCHANTED ROCK STATE PARK- Massive dome of solid granite
famed in Indian legend; said to be site of human sacrifices, some
tribes feared to set foot upon it; others used height as rallying
point; all held it in awe and reverence. Indians believed ghost
fires flickered on crest on moonlit nights. Covers about 640
acres, 500 feet high. Open year round. Hiking, climbing and
rappelling, picnicking, primitive camping in designated areas
(reservations accepted). South 22 miles via Texas 16, R.M. 965.
- HISTORIC INN: Badu House-Originally a small-town bank,
c. 1891, restored as a country inn and restaurant. Marble-floored
front room, quaint dining rooms, original fixtures, and antique
furnishings; six rooms and one suite with baths. On Texas 71
- LLANO COUNTY MUSEUM-General county historical displays
housed in refurbished old-time drug store. Open Jun. - Aug. 10
a.m. -noon, 1-5 p.m. except Mon. Open Sept. - May Fri. - Sun.
1:15 -5:15 p.m. North end of Llano River bridge, Texas 16. 915/247-3026.
- LLANO FINE ARTS GUILD, INC.-Exhibit of work by local
artists. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. 503
Bessemer (Texas 16). 915/247-4839.
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