Seat of Mason County, grew under protection of Fort Mason, one
of series of Texas frontier forts. In rolling, scenic Hill country
noted for camping, hunting and fishing. White-tailed deer and
wild turkey attract hunters each fall and winter; fishing in beautiful
Llano River is year round sport. Historical interest centers
around Indians who once roamed area, a bloody feud known as the
Mason County War, and the fort. Many homes and businesses in town
are constructed of original-cut sandstone blocks from old Fort
Mason. Bluebonnets blanket surrounding hillsides and valleys
during spring. Note picturesque rock fences stitched along scenic
Visit historic town square; quaint courthouse amid large pecan
trees offers photo opportunity.
- FORT MASON-An officers quarters reconstructed on crest
of Post Hill marks location of fort that commanded a wide view.
A number of crumbling foundations still show some sites of 23
original buildings that included barracks, officers quarters,
storehouses, stables, guardhouse and hospital. Primarily a cavalry
post, Fort Mason was duty station for such military figures as
Albert Sidney Johnston, John Bell Hood and Robert E. Lee, Fort
Mason was Lee's last command in U.S. Army-from here he was called
to Washington where he refused command of Union army being prepared
for the War Between the States. Briefly activated after that
war, Fort Mason was abandoned in 1869. The reconstructed building
is on original foundations; double fireplace foundations are original,
and rock used was from original building materials of fort. About
five blocks south of courthouse.
- FORT MASON CITY PARK-125-acre park with picnicking
facilities among large pecan trees, fully equipped RV camping
sites, 9-hole golf course, rodeo arena, athletic fields, walking
trails, and playscape. U.S. 87 1 mile south.
- MASON COUNTY MUSEUM-General collection of Mason County
historical items is housed in old schoolhouse built in 1870s,
largely form material from Fort Mason buildings. The original
spring for the fort still flows just east of the museum, although
not as profusely as when it served the fort. Open Mon. - Fri.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 300 Moody St.
- SEAQUIST HOME-Constructed in 1880s; contains 17 rooms,
14 fireplaces; exhibits outstanding craftsmanship, unusual architecture,
furnishings. Normally open for tours, but appointments advisable.
400 Broad St. Admission.
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