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On January 22, 1858, Mason County,
named for Fort Mason, was established by an act of the state
legislature. George W. Todd organized the county on August 2 of that
year. The act required that a county seat be established within two
miles of the fort, and on May 20, 1861, voters chose the town of
Mason for this purpose. The original boundaries of the county have
remained virtually unchanged over the years. Mason County grew
slowly at first due to the danger of Indian attacks (despite the
presence of Fort Mason), and also because of the onset of the Civil
War shortly after the county was organized. Most early settlers were
farmers, and agriculture centered around providing basic
county seat of Mason County, is on Comanche Creek at the junction of
Interstate Highway 87/State Highway 29 and Ranch roads 1871 and 386,
in the central part of the county. 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
[Alice J. Rhoades, "MASON
COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State
Cities, Towns and Populated
Mason (County Seat)
Behrens * Camp Air * Cold Spring * Double Knobbs * Fly Gap *
Fredonia * Grit * Grossville * Katemcy * Hedwigs Hill * Hilda *
Koockville * Long Mountain * Loyal Valley * Pontotoc * Streeter *
Former communities: Capitola,
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- 1890 Veterans
- World War 2 Honor List
- History of Mason County -
Transcribed by Shelia Gruver
- Bios of HEY, KOERSTER, SCHUSSLER, LEMBURG,
ELLEBRACHT, MARTIN, GAMEL, WHITE, DOOLE - Transcribed
by Shelia Gruver
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