Llano

The Ciity of Llano, Texas

The City of Llano, Texas

The City of Llano is the seat of Llano County and is located about 65 miles northwest of Austin, the capital of Texas. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Llano, the county seat and largest town of Llano County, is on the Llano River and State Highway 71, seventy-five miles northwest of Austin. It was founded in compliance with a February 1, 1856, state legislative act establishing Llano County. Tracts donated by John Oatman, Sr., Amariah Wilson, and the Chester B. Starks estate provided a surveyed site of 250 acres for the county seat on both sides of the Llano River near the center of the proposed county. An alternative site, on Wright's Creek, was proposed by the residents of the Bluffton-Tow Valley area. The Llano River location was chosen in an election held on June 14, 1856, under a live oak on the south bank of the river, near the present site of Roy Inks Bridge in Llano. Into the 1870s the town was little more than a frontier trading center, with a handful of log buildings housing business establishments, a post office, and a few homes. In 1879 the first bank, Moore, Foster, and Company, was founded, and during the 1880s Llano acquired a number of new enterprises that served the county's farmers and ranchers. After the county outgrew the one-story stone building that had housed its public offices, in 1885 an ornate brick courthouse was completed on the square on the south side of the river. A fire on January 22, 1892, destroyed this courthouse; the present county courthouse was completed and occupied on August 1, 1893. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Place type

Llano is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    30.75369000
    Longitude
    -98.67410500

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Population Counts

Llano
Pop. Year Source
3,507 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,232 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,325 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,962 1990 Texas Demographic Center
3,071 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,608 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,656 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,954 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,658 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,124 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,645 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,687 1910 Texas Demographic Center