Mason County, Texas

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Mason County, Texas

Mason County is located in Central Texas and features hilly terrain draining to the Llano and San Saba rivers. Also features limestone, red soils, and varied timber. Local economy consists of sand plants, agriculture, tourism, and hunting.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.6M
Lowest Price $295K
Highest Price $5.3M
Total Listings 26
Avg. Days On Market 16
Avg. Price/SQFT $405

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Where is Mason County, Texas?

  • Mason County is in Central Texas, just south of the geographic center of the state. The county covers an area of 935 square miles in the region commonly called the Hill Country: its elevation ranges from 1,300 to 2,200 feet. The western part of the county lies on the edge of the Edwards Plateau and is characterized by generally flat terrain surfaced by shallow, stony clays, and loams. The eastern part of the county, in the Llano basin, is characterized by rolling to steep terrain surfaced by deeper sandy and clayey loams.

  •  The Llano River, which flows west to east through the center of the county, drains the majority of Mason County. Other rivers include the James River, which enters the Llano from the south, and the San Saba River, which crosses the extreme northwestern corner of the county. There are also a number of spring-fed creeks.

Adjacent Counties

  • McCulloch County (north)
  • San Saba County (northeast)
  • Llano County (east)
  • Gillespie County (south)
  • Kimble County (southwest)
  • Menard County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Mason County

  • Fort Mason was established on July 6, 1851, in present-day Mason County, Texas. It was named in honor of George Thomson Mason, a United States Army second lieutenant killed in the Thornton Affair during the Mexican–American War. The fort was abandoned by the military in the 1870s and restored by a group of local citizens in 1975. Visitors can tour the reproduction officers' quarters at the Fort Mason Museum.

  • Southwest of the town of Mason near State Highway 29 in Mason County sits the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve—one of the largest bat nurseries in the country. About 4 million female bats inhabit the site from May through September. Most of these are pregnant when they arrive. In the Bat Cave, females give birth to a single pup in June or July. The young bats grow rapidly and can fly at about five weeks of age. However, they will remain with their mothers until they return to Mexico in October.

Farming and Ranching in Mason County

  • Mason County has long been a favorite area for hunting, especially for deer and wild turkey, and fishing. In the 1950s the county led the state in the annual bag of deer, accounting for 10 percent of the state's kill.
  • Rainfall averages approximately 25 inches a year, temperatures range from an average high of 97° F in July to an average low of 37° in January, and the growing season lasts approximately 217 days.
  • The primary natural resources are derived from the limestone and granite formations underlying these areas and include quarried stone, crushed rock and gravel, sand, and lime.
 

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