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Texas is divided into two hundred and fifty-four counties, more than any other state. Texas was originally divided into municipalities, a unit of local government under Spanish and Mexican rule. When the Republic of Texas gained its independence in 1836, there were 23 municipalities, which became the original Texas counties. Many of these would later be divided into new counties. The most recent county to be created was Kenedy County in 1921. The most recent county to be organized was Loving County in 1931

Llano County, Texas

Llano County Education, Geography, and History

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Llano County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 19,301. Its county seat is Llano, and the county is named for the Llano River.

Etymology - Origin of Llano County Name

the Llano River; Llano is Spanish for plains


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Llano County History

Llano County (pronounced /ˈl?oʊ/) is a county located in the US state of Texas. Its county seat is Llano, and the county is named for the Llano River.

Handbook of Texas Online
Llano County was organized in 1856 after the Texas legislature formed the county from the Bexar District and Gillespie County. Donations of 250 acres were made for a site for the county seat. By 1858 the population exceeded 1,000, and cattle, hides, and pecans were being exported. Farming was the chief occupation in the north and ranching in the south. Germans predominated in the western parts and Anglo-Americans in the other areas. By 1860 the county had eighty-nine farms, encompassing 59,744 acres. The agricultural census that year reported 21,344 cattle and 1,492 sheep in Llano County, and the corn harvest exceeded 23,500 bushels. The United States census found 1,101 people living in the county that year; of these, 21 were slaveholders and 54 were slaves More at
Ernest B. Speck, "LLANO COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcl12), accessed January 24, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 966 square miles (2,502 km2). 2,421 km2 (935 sq. mi.) of it is land and 81 km2 (31 sq. mi.) of it (3.25%) is water.

Enchanted Rock, a designated state natural area and popular tourist destination, is located in southern Llano county.

Two significant rivers, the Llano River and the Colorado River, flow through Llano County. These rivers contribute to Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, and Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, which are all located partially within the county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • San Saba County (north)
  • Burnet County (east)
  • Blanco County (southeast)
  • Gillespie County (south)
  • Mason County (west)


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