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Stay current on Highland Lakes history

The Highland Lakes History Guide on includes stories of Birdie Harwood, who was elected mayor of Marble Falls before women could even vote; the political machinations behind the Lower Colorado River Authority dams; and the families that settled the Highland Lakes after the Texas Revolution.

With most area museums closed due to COVID-19, now is a great time to revisit history in the Highland Lakes History Guide at The Texas Hill Country area that includes Burnet and Llano counties was founded by families that fought in the Texas revolution and were given land grants for their service. Others came seeking land to grow crops and raise cattle. A group of Mormons built a sawmill and gristmill, eventually leaving behind their story and name on Mormon Mill Road.

Revisit the Highland Lakes History Guide often as our writers add to the list of stories, which currently includes:

  • Down in Dead Man’s Hole: The haunting stories of people hanged, killed, and/or disposed of near and in a hole just off of County Road 401 in Marble Falls.
  • Jesse James impersonator stays in Marble Falls hotel: The outlaw Jesse James might have lived a short time at the Roper Hotel in Marble Falls. Or, maybe it was Frank Dalton, a U.S. marshal, whose brothers rode with the Cole Younger and Jesse James gangs robbing trains and banks in the late 1800s. Or, maybe he was someone else altogether.
  • Inks family name rooted in Highland Lakes: A lake, a dam, a bridge, all named for Roy Banford Inks, a three-time Llano mayor who served on the first board of directors for the Lower Colorado River Authority. His short life’s story follows the history of early Llano.

To keep track of the museums in the area — which ones are open and which are not — visit our roundup: “Museums home to Highland Lakes history.

When the closed museums do reopen their doors, will be the first with the news.

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