Roadside Oddity: The Statue of Old Yeller in Mason

December 24, 2022 | By Dale Weisman

“We called him Old Yeller. The name had a sort of double meaning. One part meant that his short hair was a dingy yellow, a color that we called ‘yeller’ in those days.

Mason County Starts Rebuilding Its Courthouse 1 Year After a Devastating Fire

February 4, 2022 | By Pam LeBlanc

A year after the Mason County Courthouse was nearly destroyed in a fire, scaffolding is rising around the 112-year-old structure.

How 10 Small Towns In Texas Have Adapted and Flourished

July 30, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell and Joe Nick Patoski

My Hometown: Born of Turbulent Times, Mason Today Offers Hill Country Peace and Charm

January 29, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

When writer and historian Scott Zesch walks through the central square of Mason, everybody he meets has something to say, a question to ask, or a handshake to offer. You’re likely to be a familiar fellow around town when your great-great grandfather settled in the area from Germany in the mid-1850s, you went to Mason High School, and you’re known for throwing rollicking chili parties. First settled as a fort in 1851, Mason formed as a community of Old World settlers scratching out a new life in harsh Comanche country. Zesch brings this history to life in his award-winning book, The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier, which chronicles the lives of nine kidnapped children, including his great-great-great uncle Adolph Korn. Here Zesch, who lives on his nearby family ranch with his wife, Amelia, muses on Mason’s past and present.

Texas’ top bat viewing sites

July 18, 2017 | By Lindsey Austin

Observing bats emerge from their roosts is one of the most exciting encounters that nature has to offer.

It’s No Secret

March 17, 2015 | By Gene Fowler

As I watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin plant the American flag on the moon in the summer of 1969, I had no idea that Aldrin was also laying ceremonial claim to the mysterious orb on behalf of an enigmatic group of my fellow Texans.

Daytripper: Mason

January 12, 2015 | By Chet Garner

Texas is chock-full of mockingbirds (our state bird), pecan pies (our state pie), and armadillos (our state small mammal), but when it comes to blue topaz (our state gem), there’s only one place to find it naturally in the Lone Star State.

Hill Country Gem: Mason

August 21, 2009 | By Dale Weisman

Ah, the idyllic getaway: tasting the latest vintage at a boutique winery, lingering in antiques shops and art galleries, settling into a cozy B&B, and experiencing that German sense of comfort and congeniality—Gemiitlichkeit— at every turn.

Strolling Mason’s Square

August 20, 2009 | By Nola McKey

Set off by towering pecan trees planted in the 1920s, the majestic Mason County Courthouse claims center stage in Mason, but it’s not the only interesting feature of this picturesque downtown.

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