Founded in 1855, on the clear, spring-fed Llano River, the town of Llano became the county seat in 1856. Well established by 1860 with stores, saloons and a hotel, there was no church in the rough frontier village. The Llano courthouse dates from 1892. The entire downtown square is designated a National Historic District. An entertaining and educational walking tour is sure to interest visitors.
The present farm-ranch community bills itself the "Deer Capital of Texas" and hosts many hunters seeking abundant white-tailed deer during fall-winter season. Year-round fishing is popular in the picturesque Llano River and nearby Highland Lakes.
Llano has become home to many world champion team ropers and hosts rodeo events attracting participants and spectators from all around the state.