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Deer Hunting Capitol of Texaslano is located deep in the heartland of Texas. Llano is one of the most unique and picturesque cities in the entire state. To visit Llano is to see history close-up. A place where the preservation of the past, and the prospects for the future are held in equal esteem. Llano County is a region of rugged beauty and historic significance. Whether it's the astounding profusion of wildflowers in the spring, the refreshing waters of the Llano River in the summer, the lure of landing a trophy fish in the fall, or the abundance of deer in winter, rest assured Llano is in the center of activity.

For sight-seeing or shopping, Llano is the vacationer's perfect home-base. Its friendly, small-town atmosphere offers the ideal change of pace from the chaotic bustle of modern city life. For decades the clock on the courthouse tower has chimed the hours and is the unifying heartbeat of the town. As each day darkens, the sounds from the tower, the river and nestling birds intermingle into a single chorus that is commonplace in the hearts and minds of the townsfolk. With an art gallery, museum, historic buildings, gift and antique shops, clothing stores and restaurants all close at hand, visitors are certain to find their stay a pleasant one. Some are so captivated by their experience they choose to remain here permanently.

Considered by the U.S. Census Bureau to be one of the healthiest cities in the nation, Llano is to many hunters the unrivaled Deer Capital of Texas. In fact, the density of deer in the Llano Basin is greater than any other area in the United States.

Llanite, a rare type of brown granite with sky blue crystals and rusty-pink feldspar, is found nowhere else in the world except in Llano County.Llanite can be found along a highway cut nine miles 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.

Another rare gem, the pearl, has been attracting attention in the Highland Lakes area particularly around Lake Buchanan. Some pearls of rare quality, valued from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, are found every year in the freshwater mussels along the Colorado River.

The centuries-long habitation of the American Indians in the area has produced numerous archaeological sites 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT LLANO:  YESTERDAY & TODAY  |   COUNTY GOVT  | CITY GOVT  |   CITY OF LLANO
EDUCATION   |  HEALTH CARE  | LLANO CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT 
LLANO COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
VISIT LLANO:  LODGING  |  DINING  |   MUSEUMS  |  TRAVEL INFO
RECREATION:   HISTORIC LLANO  |  GOLF   |  GEMS & MINERALS  |  RIVERS & LAKES 
WILDFLOWERS  |  STATE PARKS  |  EAGLES & BIRDING

Website and Photos by Ira Kennedy