Mason, seat of Mason County, Texas
Mason, the county seat of Mason County, is on Comanche Creek at the junction of Interstate Highway 87/State Highway 29 and Ranch roads 1871 and 386, in the central part of the county. It grew up around Fort Mason, established in 1851, although some settlers were already in the area before that date. One of the first, William S. Gamel, is thought to have arrived around 1846. Peter Birk and Henry Hick were among the first German settlers who moved west from Fredericksburg. Near the site of present Mason is Gamel Spring, where John O. Meusebach is thought to have signed a treaty with Comanche Chief Ketemoczy in 1847. The area was a favorite Indian campsite, and Gamel Spring was later used as a source of water by Fort Mason. Early settlers gathered around the fort, attracted by the opportunities for employment and protection from Indian attacks. Other settlers were soldiers from the fort whose terms of enlistment had expired. A sutler's store and blacksmith shop formed the nucleus of the early town when they were moved from the actual fort on Post Hill to the nearby community of Mason.
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Mason by the Numbers
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|2,293||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,114||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,134||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,041||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,153||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,806||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,815||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,448||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,500||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,000||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,200||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,137||1900||Texas Demographic Center|
|575||1880||Texas Demographic Center|