- Llano, Texas
official_name = Llano, Texas
mapsize1 = 250px
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 12.2
area_land_km2 = 11.5
area_water_km2 = 0.7
area_total_sq_mi = 4.7
area_land_sq_mi = 4.4
area_water_sq_mi = 0.3
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 3325
population_density_km2 = 288.8
population_density_sq_mi = 748.1
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 314
elevation_ft = 1030
latd = 30 |latm = 45 |lats = 3 |latNS = N
longd = 98 |longm = 40 |longs = 48 |longEW = W
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.2 km²), of which, 4.4 square miles (11.5 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (5.53%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,325 people, 1,353 households, and 880 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 748.1 people per square mile (289.1/km²). There were 1,539 housing units at an average density of 346.3/sq mi (133.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.35% White, 0.57% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 3.40% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.90% of the population.
There were 1,353 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,706, and the median income for a family was $38,125. Males had a median income of $29,464 versus $19,958 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $16,306. About 7.7% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
Llano Countywas established in compliance with a February 1, 1856, state legislativeact. The Llano River location was chosen in an electionheld on June 14, 1856, under a live oakon the south bank of the river, near the present site of Roy Inks Bridge in Llano. Into the 1870s the town was little more than a frontiertrading center, with a handful of log buildings housing business establishments, a post office, and a few homes. In 1879 the first bank, Moore, Foster, and Company, was founded, and during the 1880s Llano acquired a number of new enterprises that served the county's farmersand ranchers. After the county outgrew the one-story stone building that had housed its public offices, in 1885 an ornate brick courthousewas completed on the square on the south side of the river. A fire on January 22, 1892, destroyed this courthouse; the present county courthouse was completed and occupied on August 1, 1893. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In the 1880s the Llano Rural, the town's first
newspaper, was established, followed by the Iron City News, the name of which reflects growing interest in the county's mineralresources. The Rural eventually incorporated several other newspapers, including the Advocate, the Searchlight, and the Gazette, to become the [http://www.llanonews.com/ Llano News] by the early 1900s.
Anticipation of significant economic growth based on the
irondeposits discovered at Iron Mountain in northwestern Llano County attracted capital from Dallas and from northern states, and the boom years of Llano-from 1886 to 1893-were launched. The Llano Improvement and Furnace Company undertook plans for an iron furnace and foundry, as well as for the development of commercial real estateon the hitherto undeveloped north side of the river. Charterswere undertaken for a dam, an electric power plant, a streetcarsystem, and electric street lights, while expectations of growth were high. Steel-town names such as Birmingham, Pittsburgh, and Bessemer were chosen for streets on the north side; Llano was to be the "Pittsburgh of the West." But only a small dam and the street lighting were completed. By one report, the populationreached 7,000 in 1890. In 1892, at the peak of the boom period, the town was incorporated, the river was bridged, and the Austin and Northwestern Railroadwas extended to a terminal on the north side of Llano. Because of the improved transportation, several granite cutting and finishing businesses moved to town in this period. Many of the new businesses were begun in the boom period, and substantial brick establishments were constructed around the public square on the north side of the river. Among these, the Algona Hotel became a focal point for the town's new social life. It was damaged by a cyclonein 1900 and burned to the ground in 1923. Because the county's mineral resources, with the significant exception of granite, did not exist in commercially exploitable concentrations, the boom period soon faded. Plans to connect Llano with Fredericksburg via an extension of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway were not fulfilled. A series of fires in the early 1890s, probably set to collect insuranceon unprofitable properties, destroyed many of the new business establishments. Such fires were so numerous that fire insurancewas denied the town for several years. Farming, ranching, and the graniteindustry remained the foundations of the town's economy in the twentieth century. In the 1920s Llano was a major shipping point for cattle; the cottonindustry flourished in the county through the 1930sbut declined thereafter into insignificance. Granite quarrying and finishing retained their importance, amounting to a million-dollar-a-year industry by the 1950s. The Roy Inks Bridge, named for a former mayor, was built after a flood crest of forty-two feet in 1935 swept away the 1892 structure. By 1964 the town had a new hospital, a post office, schoolbuildings, a community center, a rodeoarea, and a golf course, along with a city parkand improved water system. Llano was an important link in the Highland Lakes chain of touristareas and attracted many hunters during the deer season. A winery, feed processing, and insecticideand commercial talcproduction represented new industry. Actress Sophia Loren, friend and correspondent of Netherlandsnative Anthony Goossens, priestof Holy Trinity Catholic Churchin Llano, contributed to the church fund-raisingcampaign in 1975. By 1983 the National Register of Historic Placeslisted, in addition to the courthouse, the Llano jail, the Southern Hotel, and the Badu Building, former bank and home of French immigrantand mineralogistN. J. Badu, now a bed-and-breakfastestablishment. [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/LL/hgl9.html]
Registered Historical Places
The Badu House was built in 1891 by the Austin architectural firm of Larramour and Watson. It was originally constructed to serve as the First National Bank of Llano, with office space on the second story. In March 1898, the bank became defunct and the building was sold to French native N.J. “Professor” Badu, a noted local
mineralogist. Professor Badu and his family made a home of the Badu House and the building was passed down for generations. Even until 1980, the Badu House was still owned by Mrs. Robert (Carrol) Phelan, granddaughter of Mr. Badu. In 1980, Ann and Earl Ruff of Houston, Texas purchased the Badu House and restored it as a restaurant and country inn. Throughout the last 20 years, the Badu House has had several different owners, but most often it was known as a lovely restaurant, bar, and bed and breakfast. Ted Lusher, a Llano county rancher and Austin businessman, purchased and restored the Badu House in 2005. Mr. Lusher is an avid art collector with many of his treasures displayed throughout the property. In the Spring of 2007, an extension of the Badu House will open (directly across Tarrant Street) and serve as an art gallery and banquet facility. [http://www.baduhouse.com/history.html]
Llano County Courthouse
The Llano County Courthouse, located in the middle of Llano's historic square, was built in 1893. It was designed in a
Romanesque Revivalstyle by A.O. Watson and Jacob Larmour, with an exterior made of sandstone, marble, and granite. The interior of the courthouse was damaged by fire in 1932 and again in 1952. It is still in use today by local government.
Llano County Jail
The Llano County Jail was built in 1895 by the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company of St Louis, Missouri. Gray granite used to build the jail was quarried from within Llano county. The jail, which was also built in a Romanesque Revival style, has been known as "Red Top" for its red roof. The first floor was used by the jailer for his office and living quarters. The second floor had four cells and two drunk tanks. The third and fourth floors housed the gallows. [http://travel.nostalgiaville.com/Texas/llano/llano%20tx/llano-tx.htm]
The Southern Hotel, located on the square in Llano was built in 1880 as a stagecoach stop between Mason and Burnet. [http://www.llanotx.com/tourism/HistoricLandmarks.htm]
The City of Llano is served by the
Llano Independent School District, which includes Packsaddle Elementary, Llano Elementary, Llano Junior High, and Llano High School. Llano's mascot is the yellowjacketand the school colors are orange and black. The Llano Independent School District serves approximately 1,900 students and is a AAA district.
BluebonnetTrail Art & Craft Show - 1st & 2nd weekends in April
* [http://llanocrawfishopen.com/ Llano Crawfish Open] - Third weekend in April
* [http://www.llanochamber.org/index.pl?id=2370&isa=Category&op=show Llano County Rodeo and Parade] - First weekend in June
* [http://www.llanotx.com/riverfest/index.htm Rock'n Riverfest] - July 4th weekend
* [http://www.llanochuckwagoncookoff.com/ Chuck Wagon Cook-Off] - Third Saturday in October
*Heritage Day - Third Saturday in October
Christmasin the Park, Lighted Christmas Parade, Santa's Big Night, Lighting of the Llano County Courthouse - after Thanksgiving
Llano is widely known as the Deer Capital of Texas. The density of deer in the Llano Basin is the highest in the nation. Hunters from all over come to Llano for
deer, quail, dove, and turkey hunting, as well as bow hunting.
The spring-fed Llano River, which runs through the city, offers some of the best fishing in the area. Lake Buchanan, which offers a portion of the eastern border of Llano County, was built in 1938 as a hydro-generating project covering convert|23000|acre|km2|0 in the scenic
Texas Hill Country. Today, white bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, catfish, spotted bass, crappieand walleyeattract fisherman to this lake year round. [http://www.llanochamber.org/index.pl?id=2368&isa=Category&op=show]
bald eaglemakes its home in Llano County during its annual winter migration. Nine miles (14 km) east of Llano on Highway 29, a family of bald eagles can be viewed from the roadside during the nesting season. [http://www.llanochamber.org/index.pl?id=2378&isa=Category&op=show]
The [http://www.llanorivergolfcourse.com Llano River Golf Course] is located two miles (3 km) west of the Llano courthouse on the Old Castell Road adjacent to Robinson City Park. The 18-hole golf course has front and back T-boxes. Located on the banks of the Llano River, the colorful course presents a good challenge. A fully equipped Pro-Shop and golf carts are also available. [http://www.llanochamber.org/index.pl?id=2363&isa=Category&op=show]
Geology and Archaeology
Llanite, a rare type of brown granitewith sky blue crystals and rusty-pink feldspar, is found nowhere else in the world except in Llano County. Llanitecan be found along a highway cut nine miles (14 km) north of Llano on Texas 16. The largest piece of polished Llanite in the world can be seen at the Badu House, Llano's historic inn.
The centuries-long habitation of the American Indians in the area has produced numerous
archaeologicalsites which attract amateur archaeologists year-round.
An extensive exhibit of artifacts, both Indian and early
Texan, plus a large display of area gems and minerals are on permanent exhibition at the Llano County Museum. [http://www.llanochamber.org/index.pl?id=2506&isa=Category&op=show]
Texas Hill Country
Geology of Texas
Llano Municipal Airport
* [http://www.llanotx.com/ City of Llano] website
* [http://www.llanomainstreet.com/ Llano MainStreet]
* [http://www.llanorivergolfcourse.com/ Llano River Golf Course]
* [http://www.llanomemorial.org/ Llano Memorial Hospital]
* [http://www.llanochamber.org/ Llano Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.llanonews.com/ The Llano News]
* [http://www.llanocj.com/ The Llano County Journal newspaper]
* [http://www.baduhouse.com/ Badu House]
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