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"Gem of the Hill Country"Population (2015e): 2,139Elevation: 1,539 ftArea: 3.7 smCounty: Mason (county seat)
Zip Code: 76856Area Code: 325-347Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 44' 52" N, 99° 13' 55" W
Location: 42 mi NW of Fredericksburg, 29 mi S of Brady, 34 mi W of Llano, 45 NE of Junction, 38 mi SE of Menard
Highways: US-87, US-377, TX-29, RR-1871, RR-386Creeks: ComancheRivers: None
- City Of Mason: 325-347-6449
124 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856
- Mason County Chamber Of Commerce
POB 156, 108 Ft McKavitt St,
Mason, TX 76856
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 7 mi W of Art, 19 mi NW of Castell, 7 mi SE of Katemcy Rocks, 27 mi NE of London
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: tourism, hunting, fishing, kayaking, ranching, wineries, wildflowers, art galleries, antiques
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Comanche Creek Golf Course
- Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve: Lots of bats!
- Fort Mason: Established in 1851 as part of a line of army forts from the Rio Grande to the Red River to open new areas and provide protection for settlers. A training ground for generals.
- Gene Zesch's Woodcarving Exhibition
- Historic Mason County Courthouse: Downtown Mason, Greek Revival style set on a rare 'Double Block' Courthouse Square (two sides are two blocks long), one of the few in the State of Texas.
- Mason County Historical Museums
- Odeon Theater: Restored historic theater. One movie at a time.
- Sandstone Cellars Winery & Mason County Vineyards: An insightful boutique winery just off the town square in Mason. Tasting room.
- Seaquist Victorian Mansion: Built of sandstone, this 22-room house is elaborately detailed with carved limestone.
- Topaz Hunting: Topaz is the official Texas state gem. Colorless and light-blue varieties of topaz are found in Precambrian granite in the vicinity of Streeter in Mason County (per TSHA). Topaz is not produced commercially. Rockhounders should contact Wesley Loeffler, Menard Route, Mason, TX 76856, 325-347-6415, or stop at Nu-Way Grocery (on the NW corner of the Square), Country Collectibles on US-87 N, Benjie's Books & Gifts, or Underwood's Antiques, who offer cut and mounted stones and local hunting advice. See Gray's Blog, and Mason Gems
- Llano River: Mason County's largest public outdoor resource. Offers river-front lodging, camping, fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and other types of river recreation. This beautiful treasure has historic significance in the development and life of this area, and continues as a vibrant source of tourism and local recreation.
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Bend: Alamosa Wine Cellers
- Bluffton: Lake Buchanan
- Brady: Golf, Music Museums; Courthouse & Jail; Historic Train Depot
- Lake Buchanan Area: Buchanan Dam & Museum & Visitor Center; Vanishing Texas River Cruise; Canyon Of The Eagles Lodge & Nature Park; State & LCRA Parks
- Burnet: Austin Steam Train Association's "Hill Country Flyer"; Highland Lakes Air Museum;
- Fort Croghan; Delaware Springs Golf Course; Perissos Vineyard And Winery; Falkenstein Castle
- Castell: River Recreation
- Fredericksburg: Fort; Butterfly Ranch; Herb Farm; Theater; Trade Days; Museums; Dulcimers; Historic German Downtown; Jewelry Workshop; Rockbox; Wildseed Farm; Cowboy Ranch
- Hilltop: Restaurant
- Junction: Park; Golf; Scenic Drives
- Kingsland: Falkenstein Castle; Inks Lake State Park; Inks Lake Dam National Fish Hatchery; Longhorn Cavern State Park; Buchanan Dam; Golf Courses; Packsaddle Mountain; Historic Rail Yard Complex
- Lampasas: Downtown National Historical District; Pillar Bluff Vineyards; Texas Legato Winery; Keystone Square Museum; Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden; Golf; Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater
- Llano: Parks; Golf; Hill Country Wildlife Museum; Llano County Historical Museum; Lantex Theater
- Menard: Golf; Historic Mission & Fort; Ditch Walk & Historic Buildings; Museum; River Adventures
- Richland Springs: Rising Star Winery
- Tow: Fall Creek Vineyards/winery; Lake Buchanan
- Bend: Colorado Bend State Park
- Bluffton: Black Rock LCRA Park; Cedar Point Recreation Area
- Lake Buchanan Area: Canyon Of The Eagles Nature Park; State & LCRA Parks
- Burnet: Longhorn Cavern State Park; Inks Lake State Park; Inks Lake Dam National Fish Hatchery
- Fredericksburg: Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site & National Museum Of The Pacific War; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; Lady Bird Municipal Park
- Junction: South Llano River State Park
- Kingsland: Inks Lake State Park; Inks Lake Dam National Fish Hatchery; Longhorn Cavern State Park; Nightengale Archaeological Center
- Llano: Badu City Park, Leonard Grenwelge County Park, Moore Memorial Park, Ray House & Grounds, Robinson City Park
- Menard: Fort McKavett State Historical Site
- San Saba: San Saba River Nature Park
- Fort Mason City Park: 325-347-2064; US-87 S. Ball fields, golf course, driving range, RV facilities, tent camping, pavilion, playground, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities
- Jan: County Livestock Show
- Mar: Texas Topaz Day Celebration
- Apr: Chamber Music Festival; Arts Festival; Bluebonnet Country Lanes Drives; Home Tour; Rodeo Pro Bull Riding & Mutton Busting; Loyal Valley Vfd Benefit Rattlesnake Roundup And Festival
- May: Wildflower Country Lanes Drives; Mother's Day Craft Show; Mason Soiree; Fine Arts Association Art Show and Gala; VFW BBQ Fundraiser
- Jun: Open Tennis Tournament; Catfish Fry
- Jul: County Fair & Round-Up Rodeo, Parade Weekend; Arts and Crafts Show
- Aug: VFW BBQ & Auction Fundraiser
- Sep: Old Yeller Day
- Oct: Fall Arts Festival; Over the Hill Tennis Tournament; Starving Artist's Show
- Nov: Veteran's Day Ceremony; Wild Game Dinner; Hunters Appreciation; Light Up Our Town Christmas Festivities
- Dec: Drive Through Luminary; Home Tour
- Recurring Events:
- Every Thur-Sun, May-Oct: Eckert Bat Cave: 6p-9p, See details below.
- Every 3rd Thur: Performing Songwriters Showcase, 6-10p, at Sandstone Cellars Winery, 207 San Antonio St, by donation, supports cancer victims. 512-217-4596
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
- On-Line News: Google News; Topix
- Newspapers: Mason County News, 325-347-5757, www.masoncountynews.com. Weekly
- Radio: KHLB 102.5 FM, 325-347-1025, www.khlb1025.com;
KOTY 95.7 FM; KYRT 97.7 FM; KZZM 101.7 FM
- TV, Articles:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "It grew up around Fort Mason, established in 1851, although some settlers were already in the area before that date. One of the first, William S. Gamel, is thought to have arrived around 1846. Peter Birk and Henry Hick were among the first German settlers who moved west from Fredericksburg. Near the site of present Mason is Gamel Spring, where John O. Meusebach is thought to have signed a treaty with Comanche Chief Ketemoczy in 1847. The area was a favorite Indian campsite, and Gamel Spring was later used as a source of water by Fort Mason. Early settlers gathered around the fort, attracted by the opportunities for employment and protection from Indian attacks. Other settlers were soldiers from the fort whose terms of enlistment had expired. A sutler's store and blacksmith shop formed the nucleus of the early town when they were moved from the actual fort on Post Hill to the nearby community of Mason.
Shortly after the fort was occupied, mail service was established from San Antonio to Mason, and then on to the west. Supplies were also shipped from San Antonio by mule wagon. The Fort Mason post office, one of the county's first, was established three miles from the fort in March 1858 by George W. Todd. The name was changed to Mason in June of that year, and the office was eventually moved into the town itself. One of the first stores in Mason was a picket building erected by W. C. Lewis, who sold ammunition, groceries, and whiskey to soldiers and settlers. A second store was opened around 1860 by James E. Ranck, known as the "father of Mason" because of his efforts to develop the town and draw settlers to the area. He and Ben F. Gooch bought 5,000 acres of nearby land to lease to sharecroppers for cotton growing. In March 1861 the fort was surrendered to Confederate authorities, but it remained virtually unmanned during the Civil War, except for local militia and rangers. During the war years settlers suffered severe Indian attacks, and most of the families in the area congregated in or near the fort for protection. Mason was made the county seat by election on May 20, 1861. In 1866 the fort was reoccupied by federal troops, and there was a resurgence of settlers into the area. The federal government built the first telegraph line in the county through Mason to the western forts; the line was made available to the public until 1868, when the fort was permanently abandoned. When the fort was deserted, both during and after the Civil War, nearby residents appropriated equipment and building materials to use in Mason, until eventually almost all traces of the installation had disappeared. An election was held confirming Mason as county seat, on August 26, 1869, and land within the town was donated for county purposes on July 13, 1870, by William and Caroline Lockhart and John and Kate Gamel.
Shortly after the Civil War a stage route and mail line was established through Mason from San Antonio to El Paso. A picket house built by S. F. Lace Bridges served as the earliest hotel. Bridges later built the Mason House, a popular stage stand and hotel for a number of years. During the post-Civil War period, beef was so cheap that cattle were killed for their hides, and the Ranck store became a center of the hide trade. Shortly after, the demand for meat in the eastern and northern markets caused prices to soar, and by the 1870s Mason was the nucleus of a thriving ranch economy.
Early schools were taught by William Poffard at the home of W. C. Lewis, and by Mrs. Lizzie McGuire in the Mason House hotel. James Ranck and John Lemburg built a mill and gin on Comanche Creek sometime before 1870, which burned in 1890. By 1869 the first stone residences were built in Mason; by 1890 nearly all the buildings were of stone. The first county courthouse and a jail were built in 1869. Previously, court proceedings had been held under an old live oak tree near the town well on the northeast corner of the town square. In 1882 the jail was replaced, and again in 1984. The courthouse and all the county records burned on January 21, 1877; a new building was completed by 1878.
The oldest church in Mason was probably the Lutheran church organized on February 15, 1872, by Rev. H. Huber; shortly thereafter a building was erected that served as church and school. The Baptist church was organized that same year, and within the next decade numerous other churches of various denominations were established. One of the oldest church buildings surviving into the twentieth century was the Catholic church, built in 1876. James Kibbee and W. S. Vickery published the first newspaper, the Item or News-Item, beginning in 1877. V. N. Loring took it over in 1886 and renamed it the Mason News. Eventually it became the Mason County News, which was still being published in the mid-1980s. A drought in 1887 was so severe that the county had to apply for state aid to assist destitute citizens, but the town's economy suffered no permanent decline. The town's first bank was organized by F. W. Henderson; it later became the first National Bank of Mason. Anna Martin became the first woman bank president in Texas when she founded the Commercial Bank in July 1901; this bank was still in operation as of 1977.
In 1900 an entire row of buildings on the north side of the public square burned, including the post office and a number of businesses. This event encouraged the organization, on September 19, 1900, of the first Mason volunteer fire department, which continued into the mid-1980s. The courthouse was replaced in 1909. In December 1902 the first telephone in the county was installed in the county judge's office in the courthouse. Public utilities were slow to develop in Mason, but the first electric light plant was in operation by 1898, providing limited services, and the West Texas Utilities Company began providing electricity in 1925. Periods of drought during the 1940s and 1950s caused public utilities to boom as the town shifted from the use of private wells to a municipal water system.
In 1923 Mason was the largest town in Texas without a railroad, despite numerous attempts over the years to get one. After the increase of automobile use and the development of the Puget Sound-to-the-Gulf Highway, the need for a railroad was minimized, and by the 1930s a number of highways ran through the town. On July 5, 1951, the live oak tree that stood in the town square where the old town well had been had to be removed to prevent interference with traffic. By the 1970s the Mason County Airport, located three miles southeast of town, served the community. All of the rural schools in the county were consolidated with the Mason schools in 1946. This and the development of improved farm roads caused much of the population to concentrate in the county seat. In 1945 Mason incorporated, after several previous attempts, partly in order to build and operate its own electrical system. The Mason Memorial Hospital was opened in 1949 and provided medical services to the entire county.
For most of its history Mason has been primarily a ranching community. Because of the great interest in agriculture, the 4-H Club and other agricultural organizations have been a major concern of both town and county. In 1907 the Mason Business Men's Club was organized; it became the Mason Chamber of Commerce on June 1, 1925. The Maverick Club, which became the Junior Chamber of Commerce in December 1935, organized the Mason County Fair Association, which manages the fair park, established in 1938 and located southeast of town on the San Antonio highway. The annual Mason County Fair and Rodeo draws tourists from all over the state. Mason also attracts many hunters, fishermen, and campers in season. Tourist attractions include the Sequist Mansion, built in the late 1880s by E. M. Reynolds and opened to the public in January 1975; the Mason Bat Caves; and the Fort Mason Museum, which consists of the old officers' quarters restored by the Mason County Historical Society and dedicated in July 1976. The Old Grammar School was renamed the Historical Building and has since housed the county library, a museum, and county offices. The historic Gamel Spring nearby was being used to feed the town swimming pool.
Mason has been the largest town in Mason County for most of its history. Since 1900 its population has generally ranged between an estimated 1,200 and 2,000 people; the 1982 population was 2,153. The town is the center of the county for business, education, and social life. In 1990 the population was 2,041. The population grew to 2,134 in 2000."
Frederick Benjamin Gipson was born in 1908 near Mason. He worked for the San Angelo Standard-Times and then the Denver Post. Gipson is probably best known for the story of "Old Yeller" (and "Savage Sam" and other favorites). He is remembered with an historical display and statue at Mason Square Museum. See listings below for details. Article
PRIOR NAMES: None
HISTORICAL MARKERS: See Texas Historical Commission's Historic Sites Atlas: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us. Includes interactive map plus detailed descriptions of historical markers, cemeteries, museums, all searchable by county. See Markers
Seaquist Mansion: see below.
CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas above.
- Old & New Gooch: E side of town on TX-29
- Crosby: NW of town on US-87 & Crosby Cemetery Rd
- See more at: County Cemeteries
IMAGES OF MASON: Nostalgiaville; Flickr
WEB CAM FROM MASON COURTHOUSE SQUARE:
OTHER PROFILES: City Data; ePodunk; Texas Escapes (not available); Travel Texas (not available) Wikipedia
Within the town area, US-87 N is called Ft McKavitt St
The street name is spelled "McKavitt" while the apparent source of the name is actually "McKavett" after whom nearby Ft McKavett was named.)
The Courthouse Square is bounded by US-87 & TX-29 (Ft McKavitt St) on the N (the "Main" street at the Square), San Antonio St on the E, Westmoreland St on the S, and Moody St on the W
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
ANTIQUES & CRAFTS: Closed
ANTIQUE EMPORIUM: Closed
CHEROKEE ROSE: 325-347-4039: 421 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
COUNTRY COLLECTIBLES: 325-347-5249; 320 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
HILL TOP EMPORIUM/TRADING POST, HILL TOP BALLROOM: Closed
P. V.'s ANTIQUES: 325-347-5516; Mason, TX 76856. On the Square
RED DOOR ANTIQUES: 325-347-6398; 226 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
UNDERWOOD ANTIQUE MALL: 325-347-5258; 100 N Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
ARNOLD ART GALLERY: 325-347-6272; 118 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. On The Square. Features local artists
CATHIE TYLER: 325-248-4366; Mason, TX 76856. www.cathietyler.net. Artist
FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION OF THE HILL COUNTRY: 325-347-4616; POB 1692, Mason, TX 76856. A 501c3 non-profit organization.
GENE ZESCH: 325-347-5531; Mason, TX 76856. Exhibits at local banks
KYLE MARTIN: Paintings displayed at Sandstone Cellars, see below
MASON ARTISAN GALLERY: 325-347-2965; 117 N Live Oak St, Mason, TX 76856. Features local artists
(THE) MASON GALLERY: 325-347-5225; 108 S Live Oak St, Mason, TX 76856. N side of Square. Features local artists
(THE) PAINTED TREE STUDIO: 325-805-1176; 825 Wren, Mason, TX 76856. www.thepaintedtreestudio.com
PETERS CREEK STUDIOS: 325-347-6380; Mason, TX 76856. www.peterscreekstudios.com
RAMONA'S GALLERY OF ART: Closed
TONI HURLBUT DESIGNS: 325-347-8267; Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. On W side of Square. Jewelry
DAVID A. YOUNG: 325-347-1040; 124 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
GEISTWEIDT & WHITWORTH: 325-347-6328; 100 Westmoreland St, Mason, TX 76856. www.masonlegal.com
JACK LEE: 325-347-6388; 100 Broad St, Mason, TX 76856. www.chevron.com
SHAIN V. H. CHAPMAN: 325-347-6000; 120 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.chapman-law.com
BEATY AUTO REPAIR & SERVICES: 325-347-5759; 501 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
DIPSTICKS TIRE & LUBE: 325-347-6108; 830 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.dipstickstireandlube.com
GARY'S REPAIR: 325-347-5694; 121 Crosby Cemetery Rd, Mason, TX 76856
HILL COUNTRY ATV: 623-225-8483; 405 Austin Hwy, Mason, TX 76856
HILL COUNTRY COLLISION REPAIR: 325-347-5767; N Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856
J & K AUTO SERVICES: 325-347-5429; 103 Pontotoc St, Mason, TX 76856
MASON BODY SHOP: 325-347-6885; 210 Camanche St, Mason, TX 76856
STRIPES: 325-347-5133; 616 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.stripesstores.com. Just NW of Square
WATSON-NAPA AUTO PARTS-PARTS CITY: 325-347-6767; 1111 Ft McKavitt, Mason, TX 76856. www.partscityauto.com
WEBER'S CHEVRON: 325-347-0405; 615 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
CAPITAL FARM CREDIT: 325-347-6653; 431 Ft McKavitt St (US-87 N), Mason, TX 76856. www.capitalfarmcredit.com
(THE) COMMERCIAL BANK: 325-347-6324; 100 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. www.tcbmason.com
FIRST STATE BAND - CENTRAL TEXAS: 325-347-5347; 215 Westmoreland, Mason, TX 76856. www.fsbcentex.com
MASON BANK: 325-347-5911; 111 Westmoreland St, Mason, TX 76856. S side of Square. www.masonnationalbank.com
BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH: 325-347-6862; 505 Austin St, Mason, TX 76856
CALVARY LIGHTHOUSE ASSEMBLY OF GOD: 325-347-8313; 108 Wren St, Mason, TX 76856
MASON CHURCH OF CHRIST: 325-347-5771; 230 E College Ave, Mason, TX 76856
MASON COMMUNITY CHURCH: 325-347-5417; 516 Robin, Mason, TX 76856. Non-denominational
MASON YOUNG LIFE YOUTH MINISTRY: 214-957-7913
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: 325-347-5219; 325 W College Ave, Mason, TX 76856
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH: 325-347-1044; 103 Willow St, Mason, TX 76856
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 325-347-5105: 224 Broad St, Mason, TX 76856. http://www.fumcmason.org
HILDA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 325-347-4238; RR 783, Mason, TX 76856. www.hildaumc.org
MASON COMMUNITY CHURCH: 325-347-5417; 516 N Robin Ave, Mason, TX 76856
MASON GOSPEL CHURCH PARSONAGE: 325-347-5436; 216 Waxwing St, Mason, TX 76856
PRIMERA IGLESIA BAUTISTA: 325-347-5985; Hwy 87 N, Mason, TX 76856
RIVER OF LIFE CHURCH: 325-347-9497: 217 E College Ave, Mason, TX 76856. www.rolmason.org
SOUTHERN BAPTIST - PRIMERA MASON: 512-347-5219; Mason, TX 76856
SPRING STREET GOSPEL CHURCH: 325-347-6183; Spring St, Mason, TX 76856. Non-denominational
ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: 325-347-6932; 216 Ave B, Mason, TX 76856
ST PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH: 325-347-5582; 102 Magnolia, Mason, TX 76856. http://www.stpaulmason.com
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
MASON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: Admin: 325-347-6363; Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
MASON COUNTY EMS: Admin: 325-347-6693; 220 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
COMANCHE CREEK GOLF COURSE: 325-347-5798; 566 Fair Grounds Rd, Ft Mason Park, Mason, TX 76856-0397. www.masontxcoc.com. Public, municipal, 9 holes, 3101 yds, par 36. Located just SW of town just past the RR 1723 intersection, on E side of US-87. Map
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT:
MASON, CITY OF: 325-347-6449; 124 Moody, Mason, TX 76856. www.mason.tx.citygovt.org, Facebook
- Fort Mason City Park: 325-347-6449; On US-87 S of Mason Square with 29 RV hookups, all types of camping. Hiking trail, community building, ball fields.
- Mason City Pool
- Richard P Eckert Civic Center
- Utilities Dept: See section below for Electric, Recycle and Landfill
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
MASON MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA: 325-347-5037; Mason, TX 76856. Web MMWMA was a working exotic game ranch before TPWD acquired it in 1997. Today, 14 species of resident exotics provide excellent opportunities to study the effects of African ungulates on local habitat, and interactions between exotic and native wildlife. Dedicated to research concerning the ecology of the Central Mineral Region, and its application to wildlife management on private lands. Hunting by special permit is allowed. Located 10 mi N of Mason off US-87. Web. Facebook. Also see our Portal Focus Topic page on Hill Country Lakes & Parks
TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE: http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu. Mission is to improve the lives of people, businesses and communities across Texas and beyond through high quality, relevant education. See full Focus Topic Profile at: AgriLife
Local: 325-347-6459; 505 Moody, Mason, TX 76856.
Web: http://mason.agrilife.org, Email: email@example.com
TEXAS DEPT OF PUBLIC SAFETY (DPS): 512-424-2000; 5805 N Lamar, Austin, TX 78752. www.txdps.state.tx.us. Responsible for statewide law enforcement, vehicle regulation, driver's licenses.
Local: 325-347-6937; 201 Westmoreland St, Mason, TX 76856-0391
TEXAS DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (TXDOT): 512-463-8588; 125 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701. www.txdot.gov. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Provides for a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. Responsible for the design, location, construction, and maintenance of area roadways and aviation.
Local: 325-347-6447; 2424 TX-29 E, Mason, TX 76856
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT: 512-288-0895; www.tpwd.state.tx.us. See Parks. Provides technical assistance to landowners in all aspects of native wildlife and habitat management, including game, non-game, and endangered species. Experts available to assist in the preparation of detailed wildlife management plans. Operates state parks. Game warden. Counties served: Mason
Game Warden: Brown, Randall S: 325-203-7688
US POST OFFICE: www.usps.com
Local post office: 325-347-5442; 704 Wren St, Mason, TX 76856-9998
MAINTENANCE, REPAIR SERVICES & SUPPLIES
COMMUNITY SERVICE & SUPPLY INC: 325-347-5359; 1408 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
COWPUNCHER SERVICES: 325-347-5262; Mason, TX 76856
DAYTON AIR SOLUTIONS: 325-347-4025; 146 Meyers St, Mason, TX 76856
DAVID LANGEHENNING CONSTRUCTION: 325-347-2882; 2555 RR 1723, Mason, TX 76856
DONOP FEED & HARDWARE: Closed
FREDONIA PEANUT COMPANY & HILL COUNTRY GRAINS: 800-429-7688; 325-429-6211; FM 1222 & RR-386, Fredonia, TX 76842. www.fredoniapeanut.com. 1/4 mi S on US 71 between Llano and Brady on RR-386; 15 mi N of Mason on RR-386 & 1222.
HAYMAKERS: Del Roy Reichenau, Gene Geistweidt, 325-347-5608, 325-347-6236; Mason, TX 76856.
HILL COUNTRY FORCED INDUCTION: 2230 Rockhead Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www..com
LAKE COUNTRY CONSTRUCTION: 830-693-7777; Mason, TX 76856
MASON BUILDING SUPPLY & RENTAL: 325-347-5899; 108 S Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856. 1 bk S of Square
MASON COUNTY GARAGE DOOR SERVICE: 325-248-7019; Mason, TX 76856
MASON COUNTY HOMES: 325-347-7650; Mason, TX 76856
MASON FEED STORE: 325-347-6381; 130 Austin, TX-29, Mason, TX 76856. www.masonfeedstore.com. 1 bk E of Square
MASON GREENSTAR INC: 325-347-0375; 1451 Landfill Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.masongreenstar.com
ROOFTECH SOLUTIONS: 830-265-9171; 1522 Streeter Ln, Mason, TX 76856. rooftech-construction.com
SMITH STEEL: 325-429-6444; Fredonia, TX 76842. www.smithsteeltx.com
SUPERIOR POOL SERVICES: 325-347-2349; Mason, TX 76856
WALTON CONSTRUCTION: 325-347-5985; 909 Austin St, Mason, TX 76856. Excavation
VIRDELL DRILLING: 325-247-4249; Mason, TX 76856. www.virdelldrilling.com
3LW MANAGEMENT: 325-948-2174; 805 Austin St, Mason, TX 76856. www.3lwmanagement.com. General contractor
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
TAXIDERMY & MEAT PROCESSING:
A VISION TAXIDERMY: 325-347-6783; 237 San Antonio Hwy, Mason, TX 76856. www.avisiontaxidermy.com. On US-87 S of Square.
HUNTING, FISHING, SPORTING GOODS, SPECIALTY EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY STORES:
BLUE THORN FENCE COMPANY: 325-347-9667; 417 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Ranch & deer fencing.
DONOP FEED & HARDWARE: Closed
HUNTER GEISTWEIDT: 325-347-2843; Mason, TX 76856. Year-round deer feeder filling service.
(THE) WILDLIFE RANCH HUNTING & SUPPLY STORE: 325-347-8808; 5400 TX-29 W, Mason, TX 76856. www.huntingandsupply.com. At intersection of US-87, TX-29, and Hwy 377 just N of town. Includes wildlife museum with one of the largest collections of native and exotic game mounts in the Texas Hill Country. Corn, timers & feeders, game calls, cammo clothing, gifts, hunting & fishing licenses, and more.
CITIZENS/HEMPHILL INSURANCE: 325-347-6440; 205 Westmoreland St, Mason, TX 76856
FARMERS INSURANCE: 325-347-5927; 411 Ft McKavitt St, Ste A, Mason, TX 76856. www.farmersagent.com/whofmann
MASON-MENARD FARM BUREAU INSURANCE: 325-347-6458; Mason, TX 76859
Also see our Portal Focus Topic page on Tubing & Kayaking at: hillcountrytubingpaddling.html
BLUE MOUNTAIN PEAK RANCH: 325-347-7144; 3699 Blue Mountain Ln, Mason, TX 76856. www.bluemountainpeakranch.com/id3.html. Privately owned ranches available to the public, located 17 miles SW of Mason off RR-1871. Offers: camping, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, hunting. Guided kayak trips on the Llano River.
HEMPHILL INSURANCE AGENCY (& ROCK BOTTOM KAYAKS): Closed
See (HOMER) MARTIN GUEST RANCH in lodging.
LLANO RIVER REGION ADVENTURES: 512-496-2020; 531 El Paso St, Mason, TX 76856. www.headforthehillcountry.com. Outfitter (kayaks, canoes), rental, guide service, shuttle service
A LIST BED & BREAKFAST RESERVATION SERVICE: 830-325-1212; Mason, TX 78856. www.masontexaslodging.com
A STORYBOOK COTTAGE: 325-347-0809; 511 W Rainey St, Mason, TX 76856
APPLE COTTAGE BED & BREAKFAST: 325-347-1885; 517 Austin St, Mason, TX 76856. www.theapplecottage.com
BAHAFFER GUEST HOUSE: 325-347-5866; 425 Live Oak St, Mason, TX 76856
BICKENBACH GUEST HAUS: 325-347-9605; 421 Fuchsia, Mason, TX 76856
(THE) BIRDHOUSE: 325-347-6646; 1424-B Lincoln St, Mason, TX 76856
(THE) BRIDGE'S HOUSE B&B: 325-347-5151; Corner of Broad & Olmos, Mason, TX 76856
CABIN AT SAN SABA OAKS B&B & RETREAT: 325-239-5550; 15 mi N of Mason in Voca on San Saba River. www.sansabaoaks.com
CABIN ON COMANCHE CREEK: 325-347-5733; US-87, Mason, TX 76856. www.lindsayranch.com. 5 mi N of town
(THE) CABINS ON MARSCHALL CREEK AT HOUSE MOUNTAIN: 512-477-1859; Mason, TX 76856
CARRIAGE HOUSE: Closed
CASA GUADALUPE GUESTHAUS: 325-347-7829; Mason, TX 76856. Contact "1st Choice" reservation service below
CLIFF HOUSE ON THE LLANO: 325-265-4422; Mason, TX 76856. www.vrbo.com/746571#. 8 mi outside town
COTTAGE ON LIVE OAK STREET: Closed
(THE) COVERED WAGON B&B: 325-805-1176; 825 Wren St, Mason, TX 76856. Guest House. www.masoncoveredwagon.com
DAS ALTE HAUS: 325-347-5719; Mason, TX 78856. 4 miles NE of Mason on Old Pontotoc Rd
DAS KLEINE HAUS: 325-347-5868; 191 Henrich Ln, Mason, TX 76856. 1.5 mi E on TX-29
FORT MASON OUTPOST GUEST HOUSE: 325-347-6021; 304 Pecan St, Mason, TX 76856
FORT MCKAVITT INN: 325-347-5750; 1010 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Motel
FUNKY TOPAZ B & B: 512-476-9706; 215 E Rainey St, Mason, TX 76856. www.funkytopaz.com
GAMEL GUEST HOUSE: 325-347-5531; 224 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856. Contact "1st Choice" reservation service below
(THE) HASSE HOUSE: 325-347-7829; TX-29 E, Art, TX. 7 mi E of Mason. Contact "1st Choice" reservation service below
HEART OF THE HEART GUEST LODGE: 325-429-6222; Mason, TX 76856. 15 mi NE of town
HILL COUNTRY GETAWAYS: 325-805-0111; 905 W Rainey St, Mason, TX 76856. www.heartofthehillcountrygetaways.com. Reservation service
HILL COUNTRY INN: 325-347-6317; 454 Ft McKavitt St, US-87 N, Mason, TX 76856. www.hillcountryinnmason.com. Motel
HOERSTER HOUSE: 325-347-7829; 411 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856. Contact "A List" reservation service below
JJ's ROCKIN' RETREAT: 325-456-3860; POB 382, Mason, TX 76856. www.texasranchfun.com. Located in Hext, E of Menard, NW of Mason
KEYSER'S COUNTRY CABIN: 830-992-9737; 371 Schattenbaum Rd, Loyal Valley, TX. 20 Miles SW of Mason off US-87. www.keyserscountrycabin.com
KOTHMANN CREEK INN: 325-347-5220; US-87, Mason, TX. Contact "1st Choice" reservation service below. 15 mi S of Mason, US-87. www.kothmanncreekinn.info
KOZY KOTTAGE: 325-347-2968; 714 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856
(THE) KRUSE HOME: 325-347-5342; Mason, TX 76856
LINDSAY RANCH GUEST HOUSES: 325-347-5733; 460 Lindsay Ranch Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.lindsayranch.net
LITTLE RED RETREAT GUESTHOUSE: Closed
LLANO RIVER BED & BREAKFAST: 325-347-3470; US-87, Mason, TX 76856. www.llanoriverbedandbreakfast.com. 12 SE of town
(HOMER) MARTIN GUEST RANCH: 325-347-6582; 10022 Simonsville Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.homermartinranch.com. 11 mi S of town
MASON SQUARE HOTEL: 208-220-2135; 122 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. N side of Square. www.masonsquarebedandbreakfast.com
MI CASA ES SU CASA: Closed
MILL CREEK RANCH: 325-656-5132. 12 mi SW of Mason on RR-1871
MISS ALMA'S B&B: 325-347-8288; 505 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856
MISSY’S PLACE GUESTHOUSE: Mason, TX 76856. Contact "1st Choice" reservations service below
OLD LIBERTY B&B: Closed
OMA's & OPA's HAUS: Closed
PONTOTOC RANCH B&B: Closed
POST HILL HOUSE & CASITAS: Mason, TX 76856. Contact "1st Choice" reservation service, above
RANCHITO DE VENADO B&B: Closed
RAYE CARRINGTON ON THE LLANO: 325-347-3474; 8603 Lower Willow Creek Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.llanoriver.com
RED DOOR BED & BREAKFAST: 325-347-6398; Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856, www.redoorbedandbreakfast.com
SELAH SPRINGS RANCH: 325-597-2602; US-87, Mason, TX 76856. www.selahspringsranch.net. 20 mi N of town
SHATZIE RANCH B&B: 888-991-6749; 20 mi N of Mason
SMITH I BAR RANCH: 915-265-4272; Mason, TX 76856
SPRINGS AT COLD CREEK: 325-251-6611; 25 Miles N of Mason (NE of Pontotoc) off RR 501. www.springsofcoldcreek.com
(THE) STAGECOACH STOP: 512-757-3641; 405 Magnolia, Mason, TX 76856. Contact "1st Choice" reservations service below
(THE) STRAND HAUS: 325-347-2715; 810 S Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856
TEN MILE SCHOOLHOUSE: 325-805-1212; 13 mi W of town. Contact "A List" reservation service, above
(THE) TOWNHOUSE: 325-347-5733; 716 Westmoreland St, Mason, TX 76856. www.lindsayranch.net
TRES LUNAS RESORT: 325-347-7758; 4887 Bucks Run Rd, Loyal Valley, TX 76856. www.treslunasresort.com. 20 mi SE of Mason
WILLOW CREEK RANCH: 325-347-6781; Mason, TX 76856. 14 mi S of Mason
ZESCH RIVER CABIN: 325-347-5531; Mason, TX 76856. 10 mi SW of Mason on James & Llano Rivers. Contact "1st Choice" reservation service below.
1ST CHOICE B&B RESERVATIONS: 325-347-7829; Mason, TX 76856. www.stayinmasontx.com
Note: Check RV Parks below for availability of cabins, guest houses and other accommodations.
COUNTRY HOME HEALTH: 325-347-9600; 204 College St, Mason, TX 76856. www.countryhomehealthllc.com
FRONTERA HEALTHCARE NETWORK: 325-347-5926; 216 E College, Mason, TX 76856 www.fronterahn.orgAffordable Health Care Act Application Assistance
GLENN A RUTHVEN, DDS: 325-347-1800; 217 N Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856
HOME HEALTH SERVICES: 325-347-5145; 717 Rainey, Mason, TX 76856. www.mkmhomehealth.com
MASON CONVALESCENT CARE CEBTER: 866-378-6022; E College Ave, Mason, TX 76856. Nursing home and rehabilitation center
SCRIPT SHOPPE PHARMACY: 325-347-6248; 211 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. www.scriptshopperx.com. Just SW of Square
ANGELA K SMITH CPA: 325-347-6600; 111 Gooch Ave, Mason, TX 76856. www.angelasmithcpa.com
AWE SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY: 325-347-8230; Mason, TX 76856. www.aweshoot.net
BAR M RANCH SERVICES: 830-203-1611; 5309 Old Junction Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.barmranchservices.com
BEATY'S EMBROIDERY: 325-347-5759; 501 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.beatysembroideryandsigns.com
BLUE MOUNTAIN PEAK RANCH: 325-347-7144; 3699 Blue Mountain LN, Mason, TX 76856. www.bluemountainpeakranch.com. Recreation, nature ranch
BRAD GLASS: 325-347-7123; 1424 Lincoln St, Mason, TX 76856. Computer support
C A CATTLE CO LTD: 325-265-4436; 658 Paloma Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www..com
CROSS TEXAS LAND SERVICES: 877-347-6883; 111 Austin St, Mason, TX 76856. www.crosstexaslandservices.com. Land surveyors
DR PEPPER 7-UP BOTTLING CO & MASON BOTTLING CO: 325-347-5150; 210 Ave A, Mason, TX 76856
ERNA FRAC SAND: 325-265-4400; 224 Evans Ln, Mason, TX 76856. http://ernafracsand.com
EXISTENTIAL INTERVENTIONS: 325-320-5251; 220 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
FIRST MASON TITLE COMPANY: 325-347-6388; 100 Broad St, Mason, TX 76856
GALLAGHER SHOW GOATS: 325-347-2482; 506 Ranch Hand Rd, Mason, TX 76856. http://gallaghershowgoats.com
GIGI'S: 325-347-0407; 1007 Ft McKavitt, Mason, TX 76856. N of the Square. Groceries
HAIR CARE EXTRAORDINAIRE: 325-347-5843; 802 Post Oak, Mason, TX 76856
HAVERLAH RANCHES: 325-248-3505; 15378 Premier Ranch Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.haverlahranches.com. Raises fine Registered Angus cattle
HILL COUNTRY DJ SERVICE: 325-347-7006; Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
HILL COUNTRY IT SERVICES: 325-347-4577; Mason, TX 76856. www.hillcountryitservices.com
JERIALICE & ENCHANTED ROCK: 325-455-0770; 2222 Sunny Ln, Mason, TX 76856. www.jerialice.com. Music performer of original music, bluegrass, blues, rock, country. Music producer and engineer. Band leader. Jerialice. email@example.com
JORDAN CATTLE AUCTION: 325-347-6361; 204 Gooch St, Mason, TX 76856. www.jordancattle.com
KHLB 102.5 FM: 325-347-1025; Mason, TX 76856. www.khlb1025.com. Munbilla Broadcasting Properties, Ltd. Country
KOTY 95.7 FM: Mason, TX 76856. Bryan A. King Oldies
KYRT 97.7 FM: Mason, TX 76856. Munbilla Broadcasting Properties, Ltd.
KZZM 101.7 FM: Mason, TX 76856. Munbilla Broadcasting Properties, Ltd
KATEMCY ROCKS: 325-347-6333; TX-29, Mason, TX 76856. www.katemcyrocks.com. 6 mi W of town in Katemcy. Recreation, granite climbing, 4-wheeling
KLASSIC KUTS & KURLS: 325-347-9671; 714 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856
HILL COUNTRY KNOCKERBALL: 830-955-6300; Mason, TX 76856. www.knockerballmason.com
LEATHERWOOD MEMORIAL CHAPELS: 325-347-0714; 1101 TX-29 E, Mason, TX 76856. www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com
LITTLE PUNCHER'S CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER: 325-347-5565; 708 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856
LONE STAR LAUNDRY: 325-347-5415; US-87, Mason, TX 76856. ½ block N of Square
LONE STAR STORAGE: 325-347-4226; 504 N Ave F, Mason, TX 76856
LOWE'S MARKET/SUPER S FOODS STORE: 325-347-5906; 824 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856. www.www.supersfoods.com
MANE ATTRACTION: 325-347-5654; 1216 Ritter St, Mason, TX 76856. Hair salon
MASON COUNTY FEEDERS: 325-347-6378; 3356 Old Junction Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.masoncountyfeeders.com. Cattle feed yard
MASON COUNTY NEWS: 325-347-5757; 112 S Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856. www.masoncountynews.com. Weekly print publication
MASON COUNTY TITLE CO: 325-347-6328; 100 Westmoreland St, Mason, TX 76856
MASON FUNERAL HOME: 325-347-5506; 204 Post Oak St, Mason, TX 76856. www.masonfuneralhome.net
MASON MONOGRAMS & MORE: 325-347-8434; 528 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
MCMILLAN LAND SURVEYING: 325-347-7260; 831 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Land surveying and mapping
MIKE INNIS: 325-347-1020; Mason, TX 76856. Freelance photojournalist
MKM TOTAL CARE: 325-347-6346; 203 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856
NUWAY GROCERY: 325-347-5713; 405 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
PRO-GREEN GROWING SOLUTIONS: 325-347-7524; Mason, TX 76856
RANDY LEHMBERG RANCH-LEHMBERG SHOW STEERS: 325-347-5489; 18582 RR-1871, Mason, TX 76856
RC MANAGEMENT SERVICES: 325-347-7158; Mason, TX 76856
RDI: 325-347-0005; 4102 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Oil and Gas field machinery
ROBERT L. OWENS REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR: 325-347-5623; Mason, TX 76856
ROSS LAND SURVEYING: 325-347-9595; 240 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
SALLY MARTIN - PANACEA: 512-810-2496; 126 Ft McKavitt, Mason, TX 76856. www.panaceamason.com.
SCHMIDT HEREFORD RANCH: 325-258-4454; 12310 SR Ranch Rd, Mason, TX 76856. Cattle, hunting
SONLIGHT APPLE ORCHARD: 325-347-1808; TX-29 E, Mason, TX 76856. www.sonlightappleorchard.com
STEADY STEPS CHILDREN'S WEEKDAY MINISTRY: 325-347-0043; 224 Broad St, Mason, TX 76856
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY LAMB COMPANY: 512-633-8885; Mason, TX 76856. www.texashillcountrylamb.com
WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS: 325-653-2321 X 1226; Mason, TX 76856. wit.twc.state.tx.us/WORKINTEXAS/wtx?pageid=APP_HOME&cookiecheckflag=1
WORRELL ENTERPRISES: 210-240-2391; 7141 US-87 N, Mason, TX 76856. Angus and Hereford breeders
FORT MASON: 325-347-5758; 204 W Spruce St, Mason, TX 76856. Located on top of "Post Hill", just blocks from the Courthouse Square. Established in 1851 as part of a line of army forts from the Rio Grande to the Red River to open new areas and provide protection for settlers. A training ground for generals. Was Robert E. Lee's last command post in US Army. During the Civil War, the Confederacy controlled the fort, but it remained virtually unmanned. Families often sought shelter and protection within its walls during frequent Indian raids. Visitors can explore the reproduced officers' quarters that includes 3 rooms furnished as in 1861 and a display room full of interesting history on the Fort. Self-guided, open 24/7, free. Included in the Texas Forts Trail. Map. Web1; Web2; Web3
MASON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 325-347-0507; Brings history alive with displays from prehistoric times to current ranching and banking. View period events: Mason County War, establishment of Fort Mason (a training ground for generals), and finding largest topaz 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. Gift Shop includes sale of surplus memorabilia. Free admission, non-profit organization, donations appreciated.
Two locations: Mason County Memorial Museum: 210 Bryan (NE corner of Moody & Bryan), Mason, TX 76856. Located 2 blocks S of Courthouse, contains the bulk of the Museum's collection. Museum on the Square: 130 Ft McKavitt St (N side of square). A newer and more compact version of the main Museum, but with unique exhibits. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.masonsquaremuseum.org
Note: Also see historic Fort Mason and the Seaquist Mansion below.
AMERICAN LEGION: www.legion.org. A congressionally chartered mutual-aid organization of military veterans founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime.
Local Legion Post #285: 325-347-9016; 237 Post Hill St, Mason, TX 76856
BOY SCOUTS: www.scouting.org. A non-profit organization that provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Local Boy Scout Troop: 590, 325-347-5390
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA): Texas CASA. A non-profit organization with adult volunteers willing to stand up for an abused or neglected child. A CASA volunteer is appointed by a judge to provide factual information to the court on behalf of a child caught in a difficult legal process. A CASA speaks on behalf of the child’s best interest.
Local: Bluebonnet CASA, 325-347-6474; 205 N Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856. www.bluebonnetcasa.org, Facebook. Counties served: Edwards, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard
ECKERT JAMES RIVER BAT CAVE PRESERVE: 325-347-5970. Open May-Oct, Thur-Sun, 6-9p, Visit one of the largest Mexican free-tailed bat colonies known. 17 mi SW of Mason. See full details at: Bats & Caves
FORT MASON GOLF ASSOCIATION: POB 397, Mason, TX, 76856-0397. Contact: James Toeppich
GARDEN CLUB: Contact Patti Grote, 972-347-5446
GIRL SCOUTS: www.girlscouts.org. A non-profit organization that provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Local: Girl Scout Troop, 325-347-6824
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: https://www.habitat.org. A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds a decent place to live with people in need regardless of race or religion. Welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
Local: Mason County, 325-347-9591; POB 945, Mason, TX 76856. Committed To Building One House Every Year Since 2002! Facebook
HILL COUNTRY COMMUNITY ACTION ASSOCIATION: 325-347-6242; 9505 Moody, Mason, TX 76856. www.hccaa.com. Dedicated to providing opportunities and resources to improve the lives of Central Texans. Promote the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of families and individuals in our service area to achieve economic self-sufficiency and maintain personal independence. Serves counties of: San Saba, Mills, Llano, Mason, Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas and Milam
LIONS CLUB: www.lionsclubs.org. A volunteer-based, non-profit, community service organization that aggressively works to donate back to the community to support local, regional, national and international needs. Mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Local: Noon Club: 325-347-5966; Rob Hofmann, meets Tue noon at Nacho's Cafe, 621 Ft McKavitt
MASON COUNTY APPLE FEST: No longer held
MASON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 325-347-5758; Fax: 325-347-5259; POB 156, 108 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.masontxcoc.com
MASON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 325-347-1207; Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
Note: See county Historical Commission
MASON COUNTY M BEVEN ECKERT MEMORIAL LIBRARY: See Mason County
Friends of the Library: 325-347-5446
MASON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB: 325-347-9447
MASON COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN: 325-347-9605; https://www.facebook.com/MasonCountyRepublicanWomen
MASON LITTLE LEAGUE: Mason, TX 76856. Facebook. Mason Youth Baseball: 325-347-7193. Mason Youth Soccer: 325-347-0735
MASON OPRY: 325-597-2119; Mason, TX 76856. See schedule at www.heartoftexascountry.com
MASON RODEO ASSOCIATION: 325-347-6000; Mason, TX 76856. Shain Chapman
MASONIC LODGE: Web. A fraternal organization that promotes Freemasonry, which includes charitable work within a local or wider community, moral uprightness, and friendship.
Local: Masonic Lodge, 325-347-5683; 204 Spring St. Mason, TX 76856-1306. Chartered June 15, 1864. Meets: 3rd Tue, 7:30p
(THE) NATURE CONSERVANCY: 800-628-6860; www.nature.org. The leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Local: 325-347-5970; 2780 TX-29, Mason, TX 76856
ODEON THEATER: 325-347-9010; 122 S Moody, Mason, TX 76856. On The Square, downtown. Live musical entertainment from well-known performers. First-run movies in the new digital format. Built in 1928 and is West Texas' longest running theater. The movie "Old Yeller", written by Mason native Fred Gipson, premiered here in 1957. See schedule at www.theodeontheater.com
Odeon Preservation Association: 325-347-5911
OPERATION ORPHANS: 325-347-6745; POB 535, Mason, TX 76856. www.operationorphans.org. A 501c3 non-profit that provides hunting weekends for boys and girls from child care and foster homes.
RED HATTERS: www.redhatsociety.com. A global society of women that supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness.
Local Red Hatters: 325-347-1419
RIATA CLUB: 325-347-5789; A non-profit service organization.
(REYNOLDS) SEAQUIST VICTORIAN MANSION: 512-352-6415;
400 Broad St, Mason, TX 76856. www.seaquist.org. Facebook. Built of sandstone, this 22-room, 15 fireplace house is elaborately detailed with carved limestone.
Built in the late 1880s by E. M. Reynolds. Historical marker.
Admission fees. Tours: Mar-Dec, 1st Sat, 10a-4p
Seaquist House Foundation: 501c3 non-profit. Goal is to preserve and restore this architectural Victorian masterpiece to its former glory and encourage tourism to the area. Volunteers and donations of funds and materials welcome.
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION: 325-347-6683; POB 941, Mason, TX 76856. http://thcha.org. Supports the social welfare and economic well-being of Mason County and the surrounding Texas Hill Country by protecting private property rights and the environment through research, education, publications and programs; to identify pertinent community issues; inform the public and motivate citizens to respond; and to encourage and enhance the role of local governments.
Note: Churches, museums, schools and some other non-profits are listed on this page in their own separate category.
Note: For county-wide non-profits, public service & social service organizations, see: Mason County
Note: For Hill Country-wide non-profits, public service and social service organizations, see Hill Country Area Profile
BUDDY’S (BED AND BREAKFAST) ANIMAL RESCUE: 325-347-0651; Mason, TX 76856. Mission is to care for and protect adoptable, homeless pets, to ensure their health and socialization and prepare each pet for its future home. They accept adoptable animals from shelters; they do not accept owner-surrendered or abandoned pets. They rescue pets as their last chance before euthanasia in order to place them with a temporary foster until a permanent adopter can be found.
CITY OF MASON ANIMAL CONTROL: 325-347-6449; 124 Moody, Mason, TX 76856. City Department Website. http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/TX1081.html. Shelter facility is small. Adoptions available. Pets must be seen by appointment. We are not a NO KILL shelter so time is important, we try and save as many as we can.
OLE' YELLOW ANIMAL RESCUE: 325-347-2187; 717 E Rainey St, Mason, TX 76856. www.oleyellowrescue.com. Non-Profit, no-kill organization. Just off US-87 towards Fredericksburg
REIGNING CAT'S & DOGS: 325-347-1700; 120 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. Pet supplies, boarding, grooming, obedience
SECOND CHANCE - MASON ANIMAL RESCUE: 325-347-6929; Mason, TX 76856. www.secondchancemason.com, Facebook. Mission is to advocate for the humane treatment of animals and stray animal control, facilitate a spay and neuter program, prevent abandonment of animals, and provide education in animal care, behavior and humane treatment of animals. Dog and cat adoptions.
SUNNY STAR KENNELS: 325-347-5000; 506 E Pontotoc St, Mason, TX 76856
Note: See separate listing sections for horses, riding, equestrian, and other care.
BUTLER COMMERCIAL REALTY: 325-347-5966; Mason, TX 76856. www.butlercr.com
COMANCHE CREEK REALTY: Closed
DOUBLE ADOBE PROPERTIES: Closed
FORT MASON REAL ESTATE: 325-347-6272; 118 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.fortmasonrealestate.com
FROSTY MILLER RANCH REALTY: Closed
HOODOO RANCH REALTY: Closed
JAN HOOVER PROPERTIES: Closed
KELLER WILLIAMS: 325-347-7757; Mason, TX 76856. www.conleeauctions.com
LANDTX: 325-294-4616; Mason, TX 76856. www.landtx.com
LEE MCMILLAN REAL ESTATE: 325-347-6683; 831 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.leemcmillanrealty.com
LEHMBERG REALTY: 325-347-5360; 1408 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.lehmbergrealty.com
LITTLE REAL ESTATE: 325-347-5800; 404B Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
LIVE OAK REALTY-SCOTT MCMILLAN: Closed
LLANO RIVER REAL ESTATE: Closed
MASON COUNTY HOMES: 325-265-4456; Mason, TX 76856
MIKE DAIL REAL ESTATE: 325-347-0038; 837 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.mikedail.com
NINE BAR LAND & CATTLE: 325-347-8020; 705 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856. www.wesellranchland.com
RE/MAX BELIEVE: Closed
RENEE WALKER REAL ESTATE: 325-347-8511; 242 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.ReneeWalkerRealEstate.com. On The Square
SHIRLEY'S (JAY MAY REAL ESTATE): 325-347-5870; TX-29 E, Mason, TX 76856
STEPHEN'S REAL ESTATE: Closed
TEXAS HOME-LAND REALTY: 325-347-0100; 237 US-87 S, Mason, TX 76856
(THE) BISTRO, ON THE SQUARE: Closed
(THE) COFFEE SHOP: Closed
COOPER'S PIT BBQ: 325-347-6897; 502 San Antonio St, US-87 S, Mason, TX 76856. Just S of town
DAIRY QUEEN: 325-347-5905; US-87 N, Mason, TX 76856
DEADWOOD BARBECUE: 325-805-1007; 1005 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
DIXIE'S PIE CO: Closed
FRED'S STEAKHOUSE: Closed
FRIENDLY CAFE: Closed
GRUNTS: 325-294-4114; 114 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. On the Square. Ice cream
LEA LOU CO-OP: 325-347-1234; 124 N Live Oak St, Mason, TX 76856. www.lealoucoop.com. Restaurant, bar, live entertainment, dancing
(THE) LINE SHACK: 325-347-9000; 805 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856. www.thelineshacktx.com
MAIN STREET AFFAIRS: 325-248-3515; 101 E Main St, Mason, TX 76856. Wine bar
MASON'S KOOLER: 325-294-4477; 936 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
MI PUEBLO MEXICAN FOOD: 325-347-5808; 817 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
NACHO'S CAFE: 325-347-6757; 621 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
NORTHSIDE CAFE: 325-347-5002; 510 Broad St, Mason, TX 78656. www.northsidecafemasontexas.com
OLD PEANUT MILL STEAKHOUSE & FT MCKAVITT SOCIAL CLUB: Closed
RICO'S RESTAURANT: 325-347-5487; 510 Broad St, Mason, TX 76856. Mexican and American
SANTOS TAQUERIA: 325-347-6140; 205 San Antonio St, US-87, Mason, TX 76856; On the SE corner of the Square. Mexican food, beer, winearitas. Open Thurs-Sun. www.santostaqueria.com
SHORT STOP/PIZZA PRO: 325-347-6648; 425 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Groceries. Just NW of Square
SISTERS CATERING: 325-347-5636; Mason, TX 76856
SUBWAY SANDWICHES: 325-347-5133; 616 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.subway.com. At Stripes
(THE) SQUARE PLATE: 325-347-1911; 212 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856.
TACOS LOCOS: Closed
TEXAS DEADWOOD BBQ: 325-805-1007; 1005 Ft McKavitt, US-87, Mason, TX 76856. N of Square
TOPAZ CONFECTIONS: 325-347-7055; 106 S Live Oak St, Mason, TX 76856. topazconfections.com
WILLOW CREEK CAFE: 325-347-6124; 106 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. On the Square. Restaurant, bar, live entertainment, catering
WILLOW CREEK CLUB: Located at above cafe. Full bar.
ZAVALA'S CAFE: Closed
ANTIQUES & CRAFTS: Closed
BENJIE'S BOOKS & GIFTS: 325-347-6232; 208 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. N side of Square
(THE) CAT'S MEOW: Closed
CAROLYN COPELAND DESIGNS: 325-347-7422; 404 Lemburg, Mason, TX 76856
CHICA CHULA BOUTIQUE: 325-294-7408; 100 Fort McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.shopchicachula.com
DOLLAR GENERAL: 325-347-5963; 901 Carter St (off US-87 N), Mason, TX 76856. www.dollargeneral.com
GEMS OF THE HILL COUNTRY: Moved to Ingram
(THE) GREEN HOUSE: 325-347-6040; 605 San Antonio, Mason, TX 76856. www.vitaminranch.com. Natural health and nursery store. US-87, 4 mi S of Square
HILL COUNTRY TROPHIES: 325-347-8444; 424 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
HILL TOP EMPORIUM/TRADING POST, HILL TOP BALLROOM: Closed
HINCKLEY'S COUNTRY STORE: Moved and renamed to Mason Hometown Variety Store
HOFFMAN DRY GOODS CO: Closed
J CROSS J: Closed
KELLER'S STORE: 325-347-0055; On The Square, Mason, TX 76856. www.kellersstore.com
LINDA'S BOUTIQUE: Closed
LILACS N' CALICO & CO: 325-294-4440; Mason, TX 76856
MARKET SQUARE: 325-347-5516; 114 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. W side of Square
MASON COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE: 325-347-6551; 206 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. Located SW corner of Square. Hrs: Mon-Fri 9a-4p, Sat 10a-4p. Non-profit, all proceeds benefit non-profit projects in the Mason community.
MASON COUNTY CRAFTSMEN: 325-294-4488; 126 Fort McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Furniture store
MASON HOMETOWN VARIETY: 325-347-6824; 226 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Facebook. NW corner of downtown Square
MASON RESALE BARN & MORE: 325-347-7142; 336 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.wix.com/masonresalebarn/mrb
(THE) MOCKING BIRD: Closed
(THE) MIX: 512-571-6586; 1019 Ft McKavitt, Mason, TX 76856
NUWAY GROCERY: 325-347-5731; 317 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
OLD PEANUT MILL POTTERY & MORE: 325-347-9640; 1100 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
(THE) PETAL PATCH: 325-347-5333; 108 S Live Oak, Mason, TX 76856. www.masontxflorist.com. Florist, inside Mason Bldg Supply, 1 bk SW of Square
R. W. ZGABAY CLOTHIERS: Closed
RANCHLAND WESTERN WEAR: 325-347-6313; 218 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. N side of Square
(THE) SHOOTING STAR: 325-347-5301; 220 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Jewelry
SHORT STOP CONVENIENCE STORE: 325-347-6648; 425 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
SOUTHERN BRITCHES: 918-623-7077; 201 W Moreland, Mason, TX 76856
(THE) THING IS BOUTIQUE: 325-347-0230; 244 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.thethingisboutique.com
WILD FLOWERS: 325-347-5747; 855 San Antonio Hwy, Mason, TX 76856. www.wildflowersmasontx.com. Florists. Just off the Square
DOS RIOS RV PARK: 325-347-1713; 8221 RR 2389, 4500 Dos Rios Trail, Mason, TX 76856. www.dosriosrvpark.com. Located at the confluence of the Llano and James Rivers, 8 mi S of town on Llano River, 20 spaces
FORT MASON CITY PARK: 325-347-2064; US-87, Mason, TX 76856. S of Mason Square. 29 full RV hookups, all types of camping. Camping spots available under shady pecan trees on the edge of golf course. Ball fields, golf course, driving range, tent camping, pavilion, playground, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities.
HILL COUNTRY INN: 325-347-6317; 454 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. Motel. Two blocks N of Square. 8 full RV hook-ups, WiFi, cable, laundry facility and outdoor pool.
LAZY H RANCH RETREAT: 325-347-6147; 19 miles SW of Mason on FM 1871. 20 spaces
LLANO RIVER RV PARK: Closed. 866-640-9696; 37 Keller Levino Rd, Mason, TX 76856. www.llanoriverrvpark.com. 13 mi S of town on US-87 at the Llano River bridge. 46 RV sites with full hookups, community center with showers, tent sites, laundry room.
MASON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (ISD): www.masonisd.net
325-347-5121; 846 W Rainey St, Mason, TX 76856. Mascot: "Punchers" and "Cowgirls". UIL: Conf 2A
- MASON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 325-347-1144; 911 W College Ave, Mason, TX 76856
- MASON HIGH SCHOOL: 325-347-1122; 1105 W College Ave, Mason, TX 76856. Facebook
- MASON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: 325-347-1122; 911 W College Ave, Mason, TX 76856
- ISS BUILDING: E Rainey St, Mason, TX 76856
MASON HEAD START: 325-347-5852; 801 College, Mason, TX 76856
MONTESSORI PRE SCHOOL PRECIOUS: 325-347-6025; 337 San Antonio St, Mason 76856
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
CENTRAL TEXAS ELECTRICAL CO-OP (CTEC): HQ: 830-997-2126; 800-900-2832; 386 Friendship Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.ctec.coop. Electrical service; Excede satellite internet service.
Local: 325-347-6314; 1881 TX-29 E, POB 796, Mason, TX 76856-0796
CITY OF MASON: 325-347-6449; 124 Moody St, Mason, TX 76856. http://www.mason.tx.citygovt.org
- Water & Wastewater Dept: 325-347-2245
- Electric Dept: 325-347-2247
- Recycle Dept: 325-347-5710
Local office: 325-347-8877; 100 Ft McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856
KELLER ELECTRIC, INC: 325-248-1533; 920 Ischar, Mason, TX 76856. www.mrelectric.com
MASON GAS COMPANY: 325-347-6333; 1004 San Antonio Hwy, Mason, TX 76856
WEST CENTRAL WIRELESS: 800-695-9016; www.wcc.net. www.westcentral.com. Wireless internet & cell phone service.
Local service office: 325-347-6333; 1004 San Antonio Hwy, Mason, TX 76856
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
COMPASS ROSE CELLARS: 512-965-2878; 113 Austin St, Mason, TX 76856. www.compassrosecellars.com.
FLY GAP WINERY: 512-900-4359; 2851 Hickory Grove Rd, Mason, TX 76856. Tours by appointment only. http://flygapwinery.com
ROBERT CLAY VINEYARDS: Mason, TX 76856. www.robertclayvineyards.com. Produces grapes for area wineries.
SANDSTONE CELLARS WINERY & MASON COUNTY VINEYARDS: 325-347-9463; 211 San Antonio St, Mason, TX 76856. www.sandstonecellarswinery.com. Boutique winery and wine bar just off the town square in Mason. Tasting room.
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!