Mason County, Texas

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Mason County, Texas
Mason County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Texas highlighting Mason County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded1858
Named forFort Mason
SeatMason
Largest cityMason
Area
 • Total932 sq mi (2,414 km2)
 • Land929 sq mi (2,406 km2)
 • Water3.4 sq mi (9 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010)4,012
 • Density5/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district11th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.mason.tx.us
 
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Mason County, Texas
Mason County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Texas highlighting Mason County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded1858
Named forFort Mason
SeatMason
Largest cityMason
Area
 • Total932 sq mi (2,414 km2)
 • Land929 sq mi (2,406 km2)
 • Water3.4 sq mi (9 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010)4,012
 • Density5/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district11th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.mason.tx.us

Mason County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. At the 2010 census, its population was 4,012.[1] Its county seat is Mason.[2] The county is named for Fort Mason, which was located in the county.

History[edit]

February – County, spurred in part by anti-slavery sentiments of German residents, overwhelmingly votes against secession from the Union.
March – Fort Mason surrendered to the Confederacy, who leave it mostly vacant and thereby cause an uptick in Indian attacks on the area.[7][8]
May 20 – Voters select town of Mason as County Seat.[9]
County’s first newspaper begins publication.[15]
Hoo Doo War over cattle rustling.[16]
Most famous participant in the war is Johnny Ringo, who on September 25, 1875, kills James Cheyney.[17][18][19]
Courthouse fire destroys all records.[11]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 932 square miles (2,410 km2), of which 929 square miles (2,410 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.4%) is water.[24]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
1860630
18706787.6%
18802,655291.6%
18905,18095.1%
19005,5737.6%
19105,6832.0%
19204,824−15.1%
19305,51114.2%
19405,378−2.4%
19504,945−8.1%
19603,780−23.6%
19703,356−11.2%
19803,6839.7%
19903,423−7.1%
20003,7389.2%
20104,0127.3%
Est. 20124,003−0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[25]
1850-2010[26]
2012 Estimate[1]

At the 2000 census,[27] there were 3,738 people, 1,607 households and 1,110 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,372 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.60% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.75% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 20.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,607 households of which 25.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.83.

22.40% of the population were under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 20.70% from 25 to 44, 28.80% from 45 to 64, and 23.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.60 males.

The median household income was $30,921 and the median family income was $39,360. Males had a median income of $28,125 compared with $20,000 for females. The per capita income was $20,931. About 10.10% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.50% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Unincorporated places[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b Rhoades, Alice J. "Mason County, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Comanche Indian Treaty". William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  5. ^ DeVos, Julius E. "Fort Mason, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mason County – Mason vicinity". Texas State Historical Markers. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Texas Forts Trails". Texas Monthly: 72. June 1991. 
  8. ^ "Texas Escapes-Fort Mason, Texas". Texas Escapes – Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Rhoades, Alice J. "Mason, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "History Fort Mason (1851–1871)". Texas Forts of the Old West. Legends of America. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Mason County Courthouse". Texas Escapes – Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Lehmann, Herman; Hunter, J Marvin; Giese, Dale F (1993). Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870–1879: The Story of the Captivity and Life of a Texan Among the Indians. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-1417-8. 
  13. ^ Hudspeth, Brewster. "The Savage Life Of Herman Lehmann". Texas Escapes – Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 27 November 2010.  Texas Escapes – Blueprints For Travel, LLC.
  14. ^ Gould, Florence C; Pando, Patricia N. "Mason Co Tx Women Homesteaders". Tx Gen Web. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Gem of the Hill Country-Mason, Tex". Hill Country Portal. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  16. ^ Johnson, David; Miller, Rick (2009). The Mason County ""Hoo Doo"" War, 1874–1902 (A.C. Greene Series). University of North Texas Press. ISBN 978-1-57441-262-8. 
  17. ^ Johnson, David; Parsons, Chuck (2008). John Ringo, King of the Cowboys: His Life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone, Second Edition (A. C. Greene). University of North Texas Press. ISBN 978-1-57441-243-7. 
  18. ^ Hadeler, Glenn. "The Mason County Hoo Doo Wars". TexFiles. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  TexFiles
  19. ^ "Johnny Ringo and the Hoo Doo War". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  20. ^ Garner, L Edwin. "Mineral Resources and Mining". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Society. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  21. ^ Leatherwood, Art. "Hereford Cattle". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  22. ^ John O Meusebach at Find a Grave
  23. ^ Wentsch, George M. "Pedernales Electric Coop". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Society. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  24. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  25. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  27. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 30°43′N 99°13′W / 30.72°N 99.22°W / 30.72; -99.22