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"no slogan"Population (2011): 269COL Index (2008): n/aTax Rate (2010): 1.5401/$100
Elevation: 1,066 ftArea: undefinedCounty: Llano, Precinct 2
Zip Code: 78607Area Code: 325Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 49' 15 N, 98° 29' 29 W
Location: In NE part of county; NW shore of Lake Buchanan; 61 mi NW of Austin
Highways: FR-2241, 261
Creeks: NoneRivers: ColoradoLakes: Lake Buchanan
CITY: Not incorporated
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 12 mi NE of Llano, 5 mi S of Tow, 9 mi NW of Buchanan Dam
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, tourism, and retirement community
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below. Highland Lakes)
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Lake Buchanan Area: Buchanan Dam & Museum & Visitor Center; Vanishing Texas River Cruise; Canyon Of The Eagles Lodge & Nature Park; State & LCRA Parks
- Tow: Fall Creek Vineyards/winery; Lake Buchanan
- Bend: Colorado Bend State Park
- Inks Lake SP (just S of Buchanan Dam)
- LAKE BUCHANAN SHORE PARKS:
- Llano: Badu City Park, Leonard Grenwelge County Park, Moore Memorial Park, Ray House & Grounds, Robinson City Park
For full details on nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: MAPS: Local Google; Hill Country Special Maps
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "One of the earliest settlements in the region that was to become Llano County, Bluffton originated when Billy Davis settled on the west bank of the Colorado River in 1852. He was followed by a relative, I. B. Maxwell, in 1853. Maxwell reportedly named the settlement for his hometown, Bluffton, Arkansas, perhaps because of the bluffs facing the new community on the east bank of the Colorado River. Bluffton grew to some significance because it was near an early saltworks operated by Davie Cowan and was also near several Colorado River crossings between Burnet and points west. In 1873 a post office was established there with John O. Brown as postmaster. By 1883 Bluffton was a stage stop between Burnet and Llano, with a blacksmith shop, a cotton gin, a hotel, saloons, and other enterprises. In that year a fire, allegedly started by drunken cowboys, destroyed the town. It was rebuilt a half mile north. Although at one time more prosperous than the county seat, Llano, Bluffton was bypassed by the railroad and subsequently declined. When Buchanan Dam (which originally was to be called Bluffton Dam) was completed in 1937, Lake Buchanan inundated the townsite, and Bluffton moved again, this time five miles west. The new Lake Buchanan also caused the relocation of State Highway 29 between Burnet and Llano, further isolating Bluffton."
With the filling of the lake the abandoned community then was under water. A drought in 2011 caused the lake's water level to drop significantly, exposing the remains of the original town of Bluffton.
PRIOR CITY NAMES: New Bluffton
- Bluffton Cemetery: W of town on RR-2241
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk (not available); Texas Escapes; Travel Texas (not available); Wikipedia
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: 325-247-5050;
FIRE: Call Sheriff's Office: 325-247-5767
LLANO COUNTY AREA EMS: 325-247-3088
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Llano County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
US POST OFFICE: 325-379-9876; 11725 RR-2241, Bluffton, TX 78601. www.usps.com
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
CAMPGROUND CREEK BLUFFTON: 512-757-4531; 14715 RR-2241, Bluffton, TX 78607. Season deer/turkey Lease, 6 hunters, deer, campsite, electric, water, 700 acres, designated area for each hunter. You provide blind and feeder.
LAKE BUCHANAN LODGE VACATION RENTAL (CHARLIES PLACE): 512-940-4750; 7694 TX-261, Bluffton, TX 78607. http://www.lakebuchananlodge.com
(THE) BLUFFTON STORE: 325-379-9837; 11635 RR-2241 at RR 261, Bluffton, TX 78607. Facebook. Convenience store, gas, deli, pizza, BBQ on Sat; historic store since 1848 (originally on banks of Colorado River, then moved with construction of the dam).
BUCHANAN LAKE RESORT HOME: 800-658-2027; Bluffton, TX 78607
LAKESHORE LIBRARY: 7346 TX-261, Bluffton, TX 78607
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
3 G'S WATER SUPPLY CORPORATION: 504 Willow St, Bluffton, TX 78607
OTHER LOCAL PROVIDERS: See Buchanan Dam listings
Electric: PEC, CTEC
Cable: Spectrum/Time Warner Cable
Internet: CTECS, Zeecon, 281 Communications, Blue Mountain
Garbage: Allied Waste
LOWER COLORADO RIVER ASSOCIATION (LCRA): 800-776-5272; 3700 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703.www.lcra.org. LCRA plays a variety of roles in Central Texas: delivering electricity, managing the water supply and environment of the lower Colorado River basin, developing water and wastewater utilities, providing public recreation areas, and supporting community and economic development.
Emergencies (to report water pollution, such as spills or contamination): 1-800-776-5272 x6843
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
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