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The seat of Mason County grew under the protection of Fort Mason--one of a series of Texas frontier forts. The area is noted for camping, hunting and fishing. White-tailed deer and wild turkey attract hunters in season; fishing in the Llano River is a year-round sport.
Historical interest centers on Native Americans who once roamed the area, a bloody feud known as the Mason County War and the fort. Many homes and businesses are constructed of original-cut sandstone blocks from old Fort Mason.
Bluebonnets blanket the landscape in spring. Picturesque rock fences add to the scenic countryside. Topaz, the state gem, is found in the area's granite outcroppings. For information about topaz hunts, contact the Mason County Chamber of Commerce.
A "Walking Tour Brochure" of the historic town square is available at the Chamber. It includes the quaint courthouse built in 1909, as well as the Historic Odeon Theater, the oldest continuously-operating movie theater in Texas. First-run movies are shown Friday-Monday.
Roundup Rodeo Weekend is held the second weekend in July.