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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

Blanco is a charming and historical town that lies between almost an hour west of Austin and north of San Antonio.

In 1858, Gen. John D. Pitts and the Pittsburgh Land Company established the town, which featured a Methodist church, school and Masonic Lodge. Over the next few decades, its population boomed, even through the destructive Civil War. Since its early days, the town has been known as one of the biggest ranch and farm trade centers in Texas.

Here are a few more fun facts about Blanco that you might not have known.

1. Blanco State Park

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

Photo: Flickr/Melinda Gill Black

Blanco is a town surrounded by natural beauty. The Blanco State Park allows you to swim, hike or bike across 105 acres of breathtaking scenery. The spring-fed Blanco River is the perfect spot to cool off during a hot summer day. Grab your pole and enjoy a day of great fishing, or hop in a canoe for a relaxing day on the water. Even if you just take a long stroll around the park, this is a piece of paradise you need to see.

2. The Old Blanco County Courthouse

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blanco

Photo: Flickr/Mick Watson

The Old Blanco County Courthouse is an official Texas Historic Landmark, and for good reason. It’s unique architecture and memorabilia gives visitors insight to Blanco’s history. The courthouse has even been called one of the “finest examples of courthouse architecture from the late 19th century in Texas” by the National Register of Historic Places. Movie buffs might also recognize this beautiful building is also featured in scenes from the 2010 film True Grit.

From March through December, Blanco Market Day is held outside of the courthouse on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Local artists, shopkeepers and vendors gather to sell their goods and celebrate their town.

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