From the blanco or white limestone river banks, the crystal blue green waters of the Blanco River, to the red and blue fields of Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush followed by waves of lavender, Blanco, Texas, is a kaleidoscope of natures beauty.
Originally named Pittsburgh, the town consisted of a Methodist church, a Masonic Lodge and a school when first established by General John D. Pitts and the Pittsburgh Land Company during the late 1850s. Eventually the town of Blanco was established across the river. The courthouse was built between 1885-1886. Interestingly, the Blanco Courthouse was only used for four years before the country seat was moved to Johnson City in 1890. After that the building served in many capacities to include a school (1893-1901) and as a general hospital (1937-1961). Today the courthouse still stands proudly in the town square having been recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark.
The small town of Blanco, Texas, has a lot to offer or in some cases a little to offer. Those lucky enough to live in Texas know that we enjoy not having state income tax; however, our property taxes can be shall we say, taxing at times. Blanco county boosts the lowest property tax rate of the 3143 counties in Texas, a mere 1.17% of a property’s assessed fair market value. That, along with Blanco’s almost central location to San Antonio and Austin (45 miles north or 45 west respectively) makes this small town of less than 2,000 residents a great place to raise a family or retire while commuting to the city if need be for work.
Golfing is almost a year-round activity in this part of Texas and there are multiple golf courses to include Vaaler Creek Golf Course and nearby River Crossing Golf Club (Spring Branch, TX), If you are a fisherman with a valid fishing license, the Parks and Wildlife stocks the river with rainbow trout from December to January. The river offers first-class swimming areas, rafting, tubing, canoeing and camping areas. The Lavender Festival is each year from May until July. The town is dotted with antique stores, cafes and fantastic bakers such as the Blanco River Pizza Company, the Redbud Café and an all time favorite the Deutsch Apple Bakery. If you are looking for a spirited beverage try the Real Ale Brewing Company or Garrison Brothers Distillery.
Blanco has been a primarily farming and ranch community and it holds true to its small-town roots but with low taxes, exceptional public schools, easy commuting distance to San Antonio or Austin and an abundance of social and outdoor recreational activities, the area is rapidly expanding to include neighborhood communities. All in all, Blanco, Texas, makes small town living an attractive option.