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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
Mason, the 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)
* Art * Behrens *
Camp Air * Cold Spring * Double Knobbs * Fly Gap * Fredonia * Grit *
Grossville * Katemcy * *Hedwigs Hill * Hilda * Koockville * Long
Mountain * Loyal Valley * Pontotoc * Streeter * Wagram
Former communities: Capitola,
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- Website Updates:
2015: Bio: STEVENSON; Crime News: NIX..
GAMEL, COOLEY, RINGO; Married News: BAIRD,
HUSBAND, DOOLE, JORDAN; Gossip News: DOOLE,
LOCKHART, WALL, ADCOCK, DABNEY, GAF, MEEK, CROSBY,
TODD, KOOCH, WRIGHT, BRIDGES, GAMEL, VEDDER, WHITE,
2014: Bio: KOTHMANN
2014: County History
2014: Frontier Stories, Community News:
Crime News: Married: LAHMBERG, SCHAUER, DURST,
COLLINS, MCKINNEY, GILBERT, LORENTZ, MUELLER,
Obits: WILSON, PARKER, ECKERT,
SCHUESSLER, KLETT, BOWER, TINNARD, BOSTON, KOTHMANN,
2014: Cemeteries; 1890 Veterans Schedule;
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
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