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...more
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...more
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.more
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.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...more
Get a car because you will need it to drive from the airport of one of the larger cities in the neighborhood. Austin maybe?
You also may need this map. It is a small city and you could probably hike around. If you aren't up to that challenge a car will be a plus.
Sadly San Saba know longer has a hospital, so you may want to bring a first aide kit along for the ride. However the city is equipped with a volunteer EMS service and a large clinic.
An interesting tidbit about my family. The picture is a photo of the famous outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker , known to you as Bonnie&Clyde. They were stranded once on a deserted street in San Saba, my Great father came upon them, changed their tire, shared a sandwhich and they gave him a hundred dollar bill. He always told me that they...more
Sion Bostick - I wish I had a photo to show you but sadly I do not and cannot find one. Sion was a great heroe of my family and my great great grandfather. He was a soldier who helped capture Santa Ana so many years ago. To this day you can see a big memorial to Sion in the San Saba Cemetery. For more information including an account in his words...more
This isn't what I would say is a fond memory but it doesn't fall into the must see category either. Aside is a photo of a man by the name of 'Black Jack' Ketchum. He was a outlaw in the late 1800's-early 1900's. He commited a variety of robberies throughout the south and even rode with a few members of the Wild Bunch. He was even a member of my...more