photo of Blanco

The town, named after the Blanco River, was settled in 1853 by pioneer stockmen looking to fortify their homes against attacks and raids. The Old Blanco County Courthouse, a fine example of Second Empire-style architecture, is the town square centerpiece. The town was the Blanco County seat from 1858-91, before it was moved to Johnson City. Now a popular tourist area of the Hill Country, it is surrounded by numerous working lavender farms, bed-and-breakfasts and locally owned accommodations. Antique stores, boutiques and restaurants occupy historic buildings around the courthouse.

The town square is connected to the state park by Bindseil Park and a xeriscaped nature trail. A sunny climate attracts campers, anglers and hunters. Streams offer game fish. Hunters find white-tailed deer, turkey, quail and dove during their seasons.

Blanco Market Days is held the third Saturday of the month April-November with a special Christmas Market Days the second Saturday of December.



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