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Welcome to Blanco County, Texas

This quaint little gem of a community is set in the beautiful Hill Country, of Central Texas. It is estimated to be 713.4 square miles and encompasses Blanco, Round Mountain, Hye and Johnson City. In 2014 the population was estimated to be about 10,812.

Governor Greg Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration In Response To Approaching Tropical Disturbance

09/14/2018 10:37 AM CDT

 

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties expected to be impacted by severe weather and flooding as a potential tropical system approaches the state.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: 

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that began on September 7, 2018, and that continues toward the Texas coast, poses a threat of imminent disaster, including severe flooding, widespread and severe property damage, and loss of life in Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brooks, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmitt, Duval, Edwards, Fayette, Fort Bend, Frio, Galveston, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Live Oak, Llano, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Montgomery, Nueces, Polk, Real, Refugio, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Starr, Travis, Trinity, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Zapata, and Zavala counties.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in the previously listed counties based on the existence of such threat.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor.  However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the Proclamation

Blanco Court house is located in downtown Blanco. It dates back to 1885-1886 and designed by well-known Austin architect Frederick Ernst Ruffini. The Blanco Courthouse has a very interesting and lengthy history and has served a multitude of purposes including a bank, museum and even a general hospital from 1937 to 1961 to name a few of its devotions. It can be explored by following the following link; http://www.historicblanco.org/#!history/c11pi

The Visitors Center for this courthouse is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from noon to 3 pm.

Just north of the Blanco Courthouse, is yet another very historical courthouse seated in the heart of Johnson City and currently serves as the District and County courthouse for Blanco County. It dates back to 1916 and was designed by Architect, Henry T. Phelps. Its walls and body are made of stone in a very classic revival style. It is open to visitors daily during normal courthouse hours. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

With its small County normality and friendly environment, Blanco County draws many visitors all year round. During our spring and summer seasons, one can enjoy camping, swimming, canoeing, kayaking or fishing along the banks of The Blanco River Park and The Pedernales River Park.

One highlighted spring event is the Blanco Lavender Festival. The entire town of Blanco and the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during this splendid Festival. The event draws many from near and far to enjoy the Lavender Market and allows visitors the opportunity to purchase many goods from our local vendors. Yet another focus is when our bountiful Bluebonnets and wildflowers emerge and burst into color in April. These brilliant colorful flowers can be seen lining meadows and streets throughout the county, creating the perfect backdrop for picture taking and outdoor picnics.

Our winter season offers our extraordinary Courthouse Lighting in Blanco and Lights Spectacular in Johnson City during the Christmas Holiday season. Both Blanco and Johnson City courthouses can be seen draped in lights and the town squares surrounding them are fully lit with twinkling lights for the delight and pleasure of all who live here and those enjoying a respite visit from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Once you arrive at the center of these beautiful, quaint cities you will find great restaurants, preparing
some of the very best home cooked Menus. There are Art shops, Wine tasting, and Historical sites such
as LBJ’s Boyhood home for your enjoyment.

Many of our guests enjoy our unsoiled, welcoming community and the hospitable service from our local
businesses.

For all of these and many other reasons, we are proud to welcome you to Blanco County Texas~

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