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Tonkawa Indians occupied Central Texas at the time
the future Llano County was first explored, but it is uncertain how
long they had lived there. The Tonkawas hunted and gathered along
streams and did not farm. They were not warlike, however, and they
apparently invited the Spaniards to establish missions that would
help them against the fierce Comanches. The Comanches came into the
Tonkawa area in the eighteenth century and eventually claimed
territory as far southeast as San Antonio and Austin. During the
Republic of Texas era, conflict between whites and Comanches in the
region was marked by such battles as a fight at Enchanted Rock in
1841. The first permanent settlers of European origin in the area
were brought in by the Adelsverein. German settlers established the
town of New Braunfels (now in Comal County) in 1845, and
Fredericksburg (now in Gillespie County) in 1846. In 1847 John O.
Meusebach, the leader of the German settlers, negotiated a treaty
with the Comanches to permit Germans to live in the area of the
Fisher-Miller Land Grant, which included what is now Llano
Llano County was organized in 1856 after the Texas
legislature formed the county from the Bexar District and Gillespie
County. Donations of 250 acres were made for a site for the county
seat. By 1858 the population exceeded 1,000, and cattle, hides, and
pecans were being exported. Farming was the chief occupation in the
north and ranching in the south. Germans predominated in the western
parts and Anglo-Americans in the other areas. By 1860 the county had
eighty-nine farms, encompassing 59,744 acres. The agricultural
census that year reported 21,344 cattle and 1,492 sheep in Llano
County, and the corn harvest exceeded 23,500 bushels. The United
States census found 1,101 people living in the county that year; of
these, 21 were slaveholders and 54 were slaves.
[Ernest B. Speck, "LLANO COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online,
Published by the Texas State Historical
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Horseshoe Bay * Kingsland * Llano * Sunrise Beach Village *
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