Settled in 1853 by pioneer stockmen who had to fortify their homes
against hostile Indians. Named Blanco (Spanish name meaning white) for the Blanco River.
Centerpiece of town square is the Old Blanco County Courthouse, a fine example of empire
style architecture. The town was Blanco County seat from 1858-1891, when moved to
centrally located Johnson
City. Now Blanco is a popular tourist and resort area of the Texas Hill
Country. Town Square is joined to a state park by the two-block City Park, with nature
trail featuring Xeriscape Garden. The sunny climate attracts campers, anglers, and
hunters. Hill Country streams offer game fish; hunters take white-tailed deer, wild
turkey, quail,and dove during seasons.
Blanco State Park-
110 acre park, in scenic Blanco River Valley, lies largely within
city limits. Camping, trailer sites, picnicking, screened shelters, group pavilion,
fishing, swimming, pedal boats, children's play area, rest rooms, showers. On U.S. 281.
Lake Canyon Scenic Drive-
R. M. 32 from U.S. 281 two miles south of Blanco. Portions of drive
toward San Marcos follow a ridge called
"The Devil's Backbone," a treat of Hill Country landscapes where white-tailed
deer are often seen, especially early or late day.
Local Businesses -
At Fiesta Ranch it's been said that our big folks out eat our little folks in
snow cones two
to one. And fun, well how about throwing water ballons at your spouse, kids or maybe
even the boss. Of course there is always fishing and swimming in our spring-fed ponds.
You can listen to the relaxing sound of a waterfall while watching our abundant native
wildlife and enjoy a real old fashioned hayride past Louise's 1800's German pioneer ranch
house. You can even pet a goat!