This 18-hole, PGA-certified course winds along the San Saba River and through pecan trees to provide a challenge for enthusiastic golfers. The clubhouse sports a pro-shop that features golf accessories and the newest golf fashions.
This area's first Colorado River bridge was built in 1903 between Mills and San Saba counties to serve area ranchers and farmers. The bridge fell into the river on May 9, 1924, killing Raymond Burns Jernigan, his horse, and several cattle. Its replacement was destroyed in a 1936 flood. Erected in 1939 by ninety percent hand labor, the Regency Suspension Bridge became the pride of the area. This bridge, along with the Beveridge Suspension Bridge are the only two bridges of their kind open to vehicular traffic in the state of Texas.
(scared me even more)
Beveridge Suspension Bridge
The Beveridge Suspension Bridge crosses the San Saba River approximately one-half mile north of the Wedding Oak, this bridge has just one lane and a timber floor. It is one of only two suspension bridges open to vehicular traffic in the state of Texas and is also on the Colorado River Trail.
P.S. this bridge scared the hell out of me as a child!
Nathaniel Burden built the Burden Hotel in 1857. It was the fourth building to be built in San Saba. It was also the first stone building to be erected. The little building is a two-story structure and is still standing west of the courthouse. Efforts to repair the building are being made.
The park's 5,000 acres feature six miles of scenic Colorado River frontage, two spring-fed creeks, swimming holes and rocky canyons. There are 25 picnic sites, hiking and mountain-biking trails, fishing, wildlife, primitive tent camping, drinking water and chemical toilets. Ground fires are not allowed.
First United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church of San Saba was organized in 1856 in an area so wild that the church gave the missionary a revolver. On this site, the first frame church was built in 1882. The present building, built in 1914, is made of San Saba marble and said to be the only all-marble Methodist Church in the United States.
Before Mill Pond became a park, it served as the first waterworks in the city of San Saba. About 1875, E.E. Risien built a rock and brush dam across Mill Creek in order to get enough fall to operate a hydraulic ram with which he watered his own garden and furnished water to a few nearby customers. Some 7 million gallons of water flow from underground springs, down Mill Creek and then empty into the San Saba River daily. Mill Pond Park has 71 acres of shady parkland that includes a spring fed lake with a waterfall, picnic sites, camper hookups, swimming pool, pavilion, playground, basketball court, baseball fields, a track and nature trails
This hill was used from pre-settlement days until the 1870's by Comanche Indians and others to send messages over long distances. Smoke signals were used to confuse enemies, send news, and gather or disperse tribes.
The San Saba County Jail is the county's oldest existing public building. Erected in 1884 in Italianate-Texas style, the structure cost $13,000 and the lot $500.
Located in Mill Pond Park, the museum houses two 100-year-old log cabins, items from ranch, farm and western life, household items and period clothing.
The Wedding Oak is a legendary Indian site that was popular into the 1900's. This tree sheltered many marriage services. On December 24, 1911, three marriages took place here.