Blanco is a hidden treasure located in the Texas Hill Country on the Blanco River, just 50 miles north of downtown San Antonio and almost the same distance west of Austin. We offer a unique small town experience in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and easy access to surrounding attractions.
In 1853 pioneer stockmen built cabins alofng the Blanco River near the present site of the town and prepared to defend themselves against Indian attack. In 1854 the operators of the Pittsburgh Land Company, including Gen. John D. Pitts, A. M. Lindsey, F. W. Chandler, William E. Jones, and Capt. James H. Callahan, purchased the league granted to Horace Eggleston by the government of Coahuila and Texas in 1835. They laid out the town of Pittsburgh, named for General Pitts, across the river from the site of future Blanco. That same year a Methodist church was organized by circuit rider Daniel Rawls. The congregation met in a log cabin built to withstand Indian raids, which also served as a school. The Twin Sisters Masonic Lodge, organized at Curry’s Creek perhaps as early as 1856, moved to Pittsburgh around 1857.
When Blanco County was organized in 1858, an election located the county seat across the river from Pittsburgh, and named the townsite Blanco for the Blanco River. The Pittsburgh Land Company gave the new town 120 acres of land. In 1858 a post office was established. Mail service was temporarily discontinued with the beginning of the Civil War, but the citizens raised money to bring mail once a week from New Braunfels in order to receive the war news. The first Baptist church was organized in 1859. In 1860 the first courthouse was built on the public square by A. V. Gates for about $600.
SMALL TOWN CHARM
The City of Blanco offers the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy peace and quiet under the beautiful hill country skies. Whether you want to play at Blanco State Park, hide away at one of our lovely B&B’s, visit our local shops and restaurants, or enjoy our year-round events and attractions, there is something for everyone in Blanco.
BLANCO STATE PARK
The Blanco River is the lifeblood of the City of Blanco. Springs from the Trinity Aquifer feed the Blanco River, which begins in northeast Kendall County and flows through Blanco and Hays counties before joining the San Marcos River in San Marcos.
Watch this exceptional video of the Blanco State Park.
Blanco State Park stretches along the banks and terraces of the Blanco River. Town Creek flows into the river near the east end of the park and is spanned by a one-lane bridge built just south of the park’s original 1933 entrance. Park Road 23 takes visitors by park headquarters before reaching day-use features, including the the pavilion, which has stone walks and stairs leading to the river, and terrace and benches from which to view the river. Visitors on both sides of the river will find picnic table and bench units, freestanding benches, and camp stoves available for their use.
Learn more about Blanco State Park at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department .
TOWN SQUARE AND COURTHOUSE
The city’s charming town square features delicious restaurants and charming boutique shops. The Town Square is home to City Hall as well as the Blanco Visitor’s Center that doubles as the City’s Courtroom, City Council, and Planning and Zoning.
At the Center of the square is the graceful historic Blanco County Courthouse that served as the Courthouse for Blanco County until 1890, when the County Seat was moved to nearby Johnson City. Thanks to years of work by dedicated preservationists, the Courthouse stands today as a historical landmark and grand setting for Hill Country weddings and events, as well as public Market Days that the Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society presents throughout the year. Blanco’s Market Day, held on the Courthouse grounds, brings vendors to town the 3rd Saturday of each month from March to November. Christmas Market Day is held the 2nd Saturday in December.
HISTORIC DANCE HALL
Twin Sisters Hall, built by German immigrants in the nineteenth century, continues today to host public dances on the first Saturday of every month and to serve the community as a center for family functions, educational workshops and charitable functions. Twin Sisters Hall maintains these traditional uses and activities to preserve the historic dance hall structure and a way of life in the Hill Country of Texas. Twin Sisters produces dances, music events, weddings and is listed on the Texas Historic Commission. www. twinsistersdancehall.com