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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Junction

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The Texas Hill Country is known for its scenic vistas, historic dance halls, and interesting wine trails. It is also home to picturesque small towns, brimming with tradition, history and some of the nicest residents you’ll ever meet.

Junction, Texas was founded in 1876 and named for its location where the North and South Llano Rivers meet. Here are some more tidbits you might not have known about Junction.

1. Deer Horn Tree

5 Things You Didn't Know About Junction


Junction is one of the most popular areas in Central Texas for whitetail deer hunting. The county’s estimated deer population is one for every 7.5 acres of land. In 1968, the Kimble Business and Professional Women’s Club created the Deer Horn Tree to celebrate the area’s hunting heritage. They claim it is one of the most photographed attractions in Texas.

If you’re visiting Junction, you can’t miss the Deer Horn tree, as it is located in the center of town on Main Street. It stands about 12 feet high and is constructed entirely out of deer antlers. The tree has the shape of a Christmas tree, and a lighted star is placed on top during the holidays.

2. Home of the Junction Boys

5 Things You Didn't Know About Junction


Here’s a little Texas football history. Texas A&M University hired Paul “Bear” Bryant to coach the Aggie football team in 1954. He immediately began to clean house and get rid of the dead weight bringing down the team. Bryant held a 10-day football camp in Junction that summer to prepare the team for the upcoming season. He chose Junction, because he felt the players needed to be away from campus distractions so they could focus on football.

Practices began before dawn, lasted all day, and ended with evening meetings until 11:00 PM. Central Texas was in the middle of a heat wave and the worst drought in history. The oppressive weather conditions combined with the long practice days proved too much for many of the players. Every day brought fewer and fewer players to practice. In the end, the group of players who made it to the end of camp earned the nickname the “Junction Boys.”

3. Outdoor Women Gone Wild

5 Things You Didn't Know About Junction
Photo: Outdoor Women Gone WILD’s Facebook

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