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Blanco County, Texas

Blanco county, located in the hill country of Texas. Land features Blanco River, Pedernales River, cedars, pecans, live oaks, and other trees. Local economy consists of tourism, agribusiness, wholesale nursery, ranch supplies, and hunting/fishing.

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Blanco County Information

Blanco County is a county in the Hill Country region of central Texas. The county is located north of San Antonio and west of Austin and is connected to these two cities via US Highway 281 and 290 respectively. 

The two main cities in the area are Blanco and Johnson City, which is the county seat. There are also two large rivers, the Blanco and Pedernales Rivers, and the surrounding terrain is hilly and lightly wooded.

The economy of Blanco County is focused on tourism, farming, ranch supplies, and outdoor recreational activities like hunting and fishing.

What Is Blanco County Known For?

Blanco County is famous for its rugged Hill Country landscapes, including the Pedernales Falls State Park situated on the Pedernales River. This area is well-suited to ranching and recreational uses like hunting and fishing. The towns of Blanco and Johnson City are also known for their historic buildings, museums, and festivals. 

Land For Sale Blanco County, Texas

Blanco County occupies 714 square miles on the Edwards Plateau of Texas Hill Country. The transition to the Edwards Plateau results in a significant elevation gain of about 1,000 square feet. 

Overall the terrain is hilly and rocky, with many small valleys and ravines. This makes the county ill-suited to farming crops. However, the grassy hills and stands of live oak, juniper, and mesquite trees make an excellent habitat for animals and birds. 

The river valleys have some flat pastures, usually used for hay and grazing land for goats or sheep. 

The primary land uses in Blanco County are cattle, sheep, and goat farming, as well as hay farming and the cultivation of various hardy tree crops, like peaches and pecans. Tourism surrounding the beautiful scenery, historic sites, and numerous opportunities for hunting and fishing is another significant part of the economy. 

The two main towns, Blanco and Johnson City, are centrally located, meaning that supplies and services are within a manageable distance from most locations. There are also two main access routes. Highway 290 runs east to west, and Highway 281 runs from north to south. The smaller roads connecting these make for excellent scenic drives.

If you're looking for land in this area, you can also check out the neighboring counties:

  • Gillespie County (west)
  • Burnet and Llano Counties (north)
  • Hays County (east)
  • Kendall and Comal Counties (south)   

How Far Is Blanco County From Austin, TX?

From the middle of Blanco County, around Johnson City, Austin is approximately 55 minutes or 46 miles away. 

How Far Is Blanco County From San Antonio, TX?

From Johnson City to the center of San Antonio it is a little over 1 hour or 61 miles.

Communities in Blanco County

As mentioned, there are two cities in Blanco County: Blanco and Johnson City. Other communities are Round Mountain, Blowout, Hye, Payton, and Twin Sisters. 

Johnson City is the county seat of Blanco County. It is home to the boyhood home of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as the Science Mill science museum and A Smith Gallery. Johnson City has a Christmas lighting event in the winter.

Blanco was the former county seat. Today it is home to a number of attractions like the Blanco Pioneer Museum, the Buggy Barn Museum, an old historic courthouse, and Blanco State Park. Blanco also hosts a Lavender Festival and classic car show. 

Blanco County History

Blanco County was formed in 1858 out of parts of surrounding counties and named after the local Blanco River. The city of Blanco was originally the county seat, serving from 1858 to 1890. However, changes in the borders caused some to push for a more central county seat. This campaign led to the formation of Johnson City, which eventually became the county seat in 1891. 

Over the years, various agricultural booms have swept the county, from cotton to peanuts and stone fruit, to sheep and goats. 

Into the later half of the 20th-century, the tourism, ranch supplies, and construction sectors dominated. Today the vast majority of farms in Blanco County are devoted to pastureland, providing grazing for goats, sheep, and cows.

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