a Pecan Shell
One of the first
settlers in the area was Wm. S. Gamel in 1846. Fort Mason was
established in 1851 and settlers were attracted by the protection
that the fort provided from Indians. Germans moved into the area from
Fredericksburg and even
soldiers settled the town after their discharge. In 1858 the town
received mail as well as the fort's supplies from San
Antonio. The post office opened in town and the name was changed
from Fort Mason to Mason that same year.
Fort Mason: The fort
played no part in the Civil War other than being surrendered to Confederate
forces in 1861. The Confederates didn't need it and the townsfolk
appropriated much of the abandoned fort and equipment. It was reestablished
in 1866 and then abandoned for good in 1868.
In the 1870's Mason
County was the scene of a violent feud between German settlers
and Anglo ranchers. Known as the "Hoo-Doo"
War or the Mason
County War - it was a nasty business of many killings with no
one ever standing trial.
Mason became a stage stop after the war and it never did get a railroad
- usually an very important milestone to a developing town. In 1923
Mason was the largest "city" in Texas without a railroad.
TE Photo, 2000
Landmarks & Attractions
Reconstructed officer's quarters built on original foundation. After
the fort was abandoned in 1869, most of the stone was carted off to
build Mason's residences.
Reveley, January 2006
County Museum: 300 Moody Street In an old schoolhouse c. 1875
- built from salvaged stone from Fort Mason's buildings.
City Park: one mile South of town on Highway 87 - 125 acres
with lots of shade and picnic tables, playground, RV park etc.
Mason County Jail, still serving its original purpose
Photo courtesy Shannan
Theatre in Mason
TE Photo, 2000
Photo courtesy Ernie
Wymer, January 2008
Chamber of Commerce
108 Fort McKavett St.
I am doing research on historic above ground cisterns (water towers)
in Mason, Texas. I was recently told that an article was written in
the last five years stating that a greater number of these cisterns
have been preserved in Mason than any other town in Central Texas.
I have not been able to find this article and asking your readers
if they can provide me with the name of the magazine and date of the
publication. - Gerron Hite, Architect, firstname.lastname@example.org, September
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