State Antiquities Landmark in
Llano County, Texas

The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, is one of the largest universities in the United States and has produced many notable alumni, including several U.S. presidents.
Llano County, TX is located in the central part of the state, and its history dates back to the early 19th century. The area was originally home to various Native American tribes, including the Tonkawa and Comanche peoples. In the early 1830s, European settlers began to establish settlements along the Llano River, attracted by its fertile land and abundant wildlife.

The county was officially founded in 1856, and its name was derived from the Spanish word "llano," meaning plain or flat land. Llano quickly became a center for ranching and farming, with early settlers raising cattle, sheep, and crops such as cotton and corn. The county's population grew steadily over the next few decades, and by the late 1800s, it had become an important hub of commerce and trade in the region.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Llano County experienced several boom and bust cycles, largely tied to the mining industry. The discovery of granite and other minerals in the area led to a period of economic prosperity, with numerous quarrying and mining operations throughout the county. However, these industries eventually declined, leading to a downturn in the local economy.

In recent years, Llano County has focused on diversifying its economy and promoting tourism. The region's natural beauty, including the picturesque Llano River and stunning granite formations, has attracted visitors from across the state and beyond. Today, Llano County is known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, unique historical sites, and vibrant arts and culture scene.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Llano County, Texas.

  • 1852 - Llano County is established by the Texas Legislature.
  • 1856 - The county's first permanent settlement, Baby Head, is founded.
  • 1860 - Llano becomes the county seat.
  • 1873 - The county courthouse is built.
  • 1892 - The Llano News, the county's first newspaper, is established.
  • 1935 - Enchanted Rock, a massive granite dome, becomes a state park.
  • 1965 - Llano County Historical Survey Committee is organized.
  • 1993 - The Bluebonnet Trail Scenic Highway is designated.
  • 2002 - The Llano River is designated as a Texas state scenic river.