Vanishing Texas River Cruise
Austin Area Wineries & Breweries
Inks Lake State Park
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Fall Creek Winery
Fredericksburg
Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery
LBJ Ranch


OTHER ATTRACTIONS


SOME OF THE GREATEST PLACES TO EAT IN ALL OF TEXAS ARE WITHIN EASY
DRIVING DISTANCE.


STORM'S DRIVE-INN - Burnet - 7 blocks north of the 281/29 intersection. Try a Storm's Special - the best hamburger I have ever had.

COOPER'S BAR B Q - Llano - west side of town on Hwy 71/29. The best and most fun
Bar B Q place in the world. Try one of the BIG pork chops.

BLUE BONNET CAFE - Marble Falls - jus t north of the bridge. A real "old fashion" cafe. You may have to wait in line but it's worth it. Chicken Fried Steak is fantastic, the Coconut & Chocolate Meringue Pies are wonderful. You may see some of the locals that eat at the BB regularly - Tom Landry - Red Adair - Willie Nelson.

GROCERIES - GAS - ICE - Ther e is a 24 hour Walmart Superstore in Marble Falls, northside of town on B urnet Hwy. Also HEB Superstore in Marble Falls. Regular Supermarket Grocery Stores in Burnet, Kingsland, and Llano. There is a nearby 7-11 type convenience store located about 4 miles south from the Ranch entrance on 261 toward Buchanan Dam. It also has a small deli-snack bar - gas - ice - basics.

SHOPPING - TOURS - ETC. - There is great shopping in nearby Marble Falls and Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg is a one hour drive away and one of the neatest towns in Texas, lots of small shops there cater to the Texas shoppers in the Hill Country of Texas. The Fall Creek Winery is near the Ranch and they offer tours. The Ranch is located on the migration path of the Monarch Butterfly as it travels to Brazil for the winter. In October this can be a spectacular site as millions cover the area. There are deer, wild turkeys, wild hogs and all kinds of bird life on the ranch.

MEDICAL - Llano has a full Regional Medical Center and has recently been selected as the best "small town" Hospital in the state. 915-247-5040. Located south of the bridge in Llano on Hwy 16.

HISTORICAL and REGIONAL Information

The area that the ranch is located on is part of an old land grant made by the Republic of Texas to the original owners for services during the Texas Revolution. The original paper work on this grant, in our possession, is signed by President Sam Houston. 

Lake Buchanan is a man made lake, built during the 1930's. The original site for the dam was selected before the Civil War, but was not constructed until the 30's. The restraining dam that holds the Colorado River is the longest dam of its type in the world. The lake is approximately 8 miles wide at its widest point and about 35 miles in length. When the lake is full, it reaches 1020 feet above sea level. You will be  able to easily see "the high water mark" of the lake which is referred to locally as the Ten-Twenty Line.

Before the construction of the lake, there were several towns and many farms, homes, and ranches in the area now covered by the lake. When the water level in the lake declines,  it is possible to see many of these sites. If the water goes down far enough, it is possible to  go and "walk the streets" of the old Bluffton community. The streets, building foundations, and many other relics are still in place. The original Bluffton cemetery was moved one grave at a time to it present location on "high ground" during the construction of the lake. The  tombstones dating from 1850 thru 1934 are all on graves that were moved to facilitate the lake construction.

The paved county road on the north side of the ranch, Shaw Island Road, is the old original military-stage road that went from Austin to Fort Groggan (Burnet) to Fort Mason 50 miles to the west. This was the same road that was traveled by Robert E. Lee and others stationed at Fort Mason before the Civil War. They took the ferry to cross the Colorado River at  Bluffton and then proceeded on west to Fort Mason. As this road travels on west a few miles it crosses the Little Llano River where the reputed "Lost Bowie Silver Mine" was located. The exact location of this mine was lost when Jim Bowie died in the Alamo in 1836.

Llano County is widely known as the deer hunting capital of Texas. Hunting is a major industry in the county. Each year more than 25,000 white tail deer are taken in the county. The granite that was used to construct the state capitol building in Austin was quarried in this immediate  area. Most came from the Marble Falls area to the south, but some also came from the ranch that joins us to the west. A special railroad was constructed during the 1880's to move the granite to Austin from the Llano area. 

There are many sites and neat places to visit or see while you are in the area. This is an area that is rich in Texas history . Tours are available of the interior of Buchanan Dam, a cruise up the Colorado River is available, and it is about an hour drive to Enchanted Rock State Park. The Fall Creek Winery is only about 10 miles away and offers tours and tastings on  the weekends. 

Have fun.......its a great place to enjoy!

 

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