|Mason County Topaz
Topaz, the state gem of Texas, is found within the borders of the state only in Mason County. It occurs in granite outcroppings principally in the Streeter, Grit, and Katemcy areas. It is usually found in streambeds and ravines but occasionally can be located atop the ground. Topaz resembles quartz and ranges in color from clear to brown to yellow to sky blue. The blue stones are especially beautiful when faceted in the Lone Star cut. Currently, three Mason County ranches offer the public the opportunity to go topaz hunting. They charge by the day; you keep what you find.
Information and photo courtesy of: Mason County Chamber of Commerce
Mason Square Museum
The Mason Square Museum brings history alive with chronological displays ranging from prehistoric times to current ranching and banking. View period events such as the Mason County War, the establishment of Fort Mason, a training ground for generals, and the finding of the largest topaz found in North America. Learn about Robert E Lee's command, John Meusebach's treaty with the indians, Fred Gipson, author of "Ole Yeller" and Johnny Ringo's part in the Mason County War, listed as one of the top ten feuds in Texas.
Information and photo courtesy of: Mason Square Museum
The Nature Conservancy of Texas
Each evening from May through October, millions of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from The Nature Conservancy’s Eckert James River Bat Cave near Mason, Texas. Spiraling into the sky in a huge “bat tornado” to hunt for insects, these bats are a true spectacle of nature. Often misunderstood, bats provide an invaluable service to humans by consuming hoards of crop pests, Learn more about the cave and how to visit it at www.nature.org/texas
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area consists of 1643.5 acres on Big Sandy Creek, north of Fredericksburg, on the border between Gillespie and Llano Counties. It was acquired by warranty deed in 1978 by the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Inc., from the Moss family. The state acquired it in 1984, added facilities, and reopened the park in March 1984, but humans have visited here for over 11,000 years. Enchanted Rock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1970 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.
Historic Fort Mason
Mason County Library and Old Yeller statue
Mason County square walking tour
July 8, 9th mason roundup, rodeo, jackass races around the court house, and a dance.
Located in the very heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Blending German heritage and Texan hospitality for over 150 years, creating the kind of place that you will want to discover again and again. Home of the Wild Seed Farm, National Museum of the Pacific War, National Historic Parks, Old Tunnel Wildlife Management area, Butterfly Ranch and Texas hill country Wild Flower Trail trade days.
|San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is home to the Alamo, River-Walk, River Center Mall and may Missions. San Antonio captures the spirit of Texas. Now the eighth largest city in the United States, the city has retained its sense of history and tradition, while carefully blending in cosmopolitan progress. The city has always been a crossroads and a meeting place. Sounds and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, African-Americans and the Deep South mingle and merge. Close to twenty million visitors a year delight in the discovery of San Antonio's charms.
Known for its casual and playful nature, Austin is the playground of Texas. Situated at the center of the Lone Star State, it stands as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes. As the state capital and home to the University of Texas, the city supports a politically charged and culturally rich environment. It's hip, trendy, and high-tech. A large creative population-primarily musicians and artists-enhance its eclectic nature.
Kerrville is truly a Hill Country paradise. The accommodations are first-rate, the scenery is majestic and the people are friendly. We are located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, where sparkling spring fed creeks meander through the rugged terrain and rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley. The Guadalupe River along with our mild climate provides the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor pursuits. Every season in Kerrville offers an array of activities. With an event-filled calendar and our relaxing Hill Country setting, you'll see how easy it is to... Lose your heart to the hills.
Medina - apple capital of Texas
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Not just a Texas town - THE TEXAS TOWN! Luckenbach, Texas is an historically rich and continually vibrant town. A multitude of festivlas are held there including Willie Nelson's Foruth of July Picnic, an all day concert/party. Willie, along with Waylon Jennings, immortalized the town of Luckenbach in their now famous song.
Antique shopping paradise
Comfort Cellars Winery
Dry Cormal Creek Vineyard
Fall Creek Vineyard
Lost Creek Vineyard
MC Reynolds Winery
Sister Creek Vineyards
Texas Hills Vineyards