a San Saba Pecan Shell
A timeline of significant
San Saba events:
1855: Ranchers and cotton growers first settled the banks of
Saba River, from which the settlement took its name.
1856: The county is organized and San Saba became the county
1857: The post office opens and the first county courthouse
1873: The San Saba County News, said to be “ the first newspaper
in West Texas” was published.
1900: The population drop below 900.
1911: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway came through
San Saba in 1911 – and the boost to the economy allowed them to build
a new courthouse.
1925: The population reaches 2,000
The Great Depression: San Saba weathered the 30s with minimal
loss of population.
1938: San Saba is flooded with a third of the city underwater
and many families were displaced.
1940s: The town is incorporated and the population rises to
1950s: The terrible drought of the early 50s affected San Saba
and much of Texas. The population
1980s: Population is 2,336 from an all-time high of 3,400.
San Saba Landmarks
One of two suspension bridges, in the state of Texas, that are still
used by cars and trucks.
County Historical Museum:
In 100-year-old log cabins
In Mill Pond Park – five blocks east of the courthouse.
Open April to September or by appointment.
Saba Mother Pecan:
One of the “Famous Trees of Texas” the San Saba Mother Pecan has
given the world more varieties of Pecans (through grafting) than
any other individual tree. The tree is 9 miles NE of the town near
the confluence of the Colorado and San Saba rivers, but is on private
Both are just east of the town. Mill pond is a small spring-fed
lake and Risien is on the San Saba River. Mill Pond park has hookups
for 12 RVs.
Bend State Park:
Bend State Park by Chandra Moira Beal
At Bend, Texas on the
13 miles from San Saba via FM 560.
Bend: It Is What It Is by Clay Coppedge
"..Colorado Bend is pure Hill Country: stands of live oak and
juniper, thick with wildflowers in the spring, whitetail deer all
year long and, every spring, the white bass moving up the Colorado
River to spawn..."
Courtesy Michael Hattrick, Poulsbo, Washington
San Saba Chamber of Commerce:
San Saba Texas Forum
I recently saw someone ask what was in San Saba that his distant
relative would have gone there for. If Im not mistaken, it was in
San Saba, I saw, a few blocks from town, the old railroad tracks,
and there was the most beautiful abandoned hotel right next to the
tracks, and across the street the most beautiful marble fronted
deserted bank building. Truely romantic and enchanting. I dont know
what it is about Texas, but what a place!!!!! - John Dean, July
of Brady, Texas
I came across quotations by “Co Wisdom” of Brady
in your website under the towns of Fredonia
and Voca along with a photograph of
a drug store as it appeared in the late 19th century. Hopefully
you can forward my e-mail to the person submitting those quotations.
According to an article in the book “Indian Depredation in Texas”
by J.W. Wilbarger, published in 1889, my great grandfather Captain
John Roch (Roach) of Comanche was attacked and wounded by Indians
in 1866 on a trip from San Saba to Comanche.
According to the article he had gone to San Saba to lay in supplies
for the coming winter. What was in San Saba to cause it to be a
source of food and provisions in the 1860’s? What was the San Saba
mill? Do you have other photos of buildings in are around San Saba
dated in the 19th Century? Thanks. L. Marshall Roch , September
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