Mason County, Texas

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Mason County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 3,738. Its county seat is Mason[1]. Mason County is named for Fort Mason, which was located in the county.

The late Governor Coke Stevenson was born in Mason County but resided in Kimble County, where he served as district attorney.

J. Marvin Hunter, historian, journalist, and printer of the American West and founder of Frontier Times magazine and Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, was born in Mason County in 1880.


History Timeline

  • 1866-1868 Federal troops occupy Fort Mason, only to eventually abandon it.[9]
  • 1869 Courthouse and jail are erected.[10]
  • 1870 May 16 - Herman Lehmann and brother Willie are captured by Apaches, but Willie escapes within days.[11][12]
  • 1870-1898 The county had four women homesteaders: Louisa J. Hendryx, Mahala Hunnicutt, Sarah E. Morris and Priscilla Sparks[13]
  • 1875-1877

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