As the seat of Mason County, the townsite grew under the protection of Fort Mason, one of a series of Texas frontier forts. Historical interest centers around Indians 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 surrounding hillsides and valleys during the spring. Note the picturesque rock fences stitched along the scenic countryside. Topaz, the state gem, is found in Mason County's streambeds and ravines. For information about topaz hunts, contact the Mason County Chamber of Commerce.
Pick up the "Walking Tour Brochure" at the Chamber to explore the historic town square. The quaint courthouse that was built in 1909 sits on a lush green lawn amid soaring pecan trees and provides great photo opportunities. The Historic Oden Theater, located on the square, is the oldest continuously-operating movie theater in Texas, and first-run movies are shown Friday through Monday.
Mason is noted for camping, hunting and fishing. White-tailed deer and wild turkey attract hunters each fall and winter, and fishing in the beautiful Llano River is a year-round sport.
Don't miss Roundup Rodeo Weekend held the second weekend in July.