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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 • Posted May 10, 2012 9:38 AM

May 9, 1969

A tornado traveled through Blanco County this week in 1969 causing damage to a VFW building, a new housing development, and a chicken coop. The tornado struck on the heels of violent weather occurring over most of Texas. There were no major injuries or deaths and damage was mostly minimal. • The Blanco County Lions Club held a Mop and Broom Sale. The Sale was conducted all day on the square along with a house-to-house sale starting at 4 p.m.

May 11, 1979

Blanco County 4-H’ers participated in a district contest. Abbie Kroll and Dee Johnson placed first after presenting “Everyone is Going Nuts” in which they discussed the use and preparation of various nuts.

May 10, 1989

This week the Blanco Beautification Committee proposed the idea of a short nature walk connecting the square to the Blanco State Park Recreation Area. The thought was the nature walk would boost local economy by drawing park visitors to the square and local businesses. As proposed, Bindseil Park came to be. The entrance, by City Hall, connects the square to the Blanco State Park and is lined with native plants. • The Third Annual Blanco Little Olympics were held at the Panther Stadium. The Little Olympics, put on by the Blanco Athletic Department, allowed students from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade to participate in various sporting events. • Council member Phyllis Owen, who ran unopposed, was elected as the new Mayor of Blanco. Outgoing mayor, Marge Waxler, swore her successor in. • The Beethoven Maifest was held on the 12th. German food, beer, wine were all served during the relaxed and carefree evening with performances by the Beethoven Maennerchor, the Judson High School Polka Band, and the Highland High School German Folkdancers.

May 12, 1999

Dead Man’s Hole became a historical marker this week. Located in Burnet County, the manhole sized pit was a dumping ground for the wounded and dead during the Civil War. Six and a half acres were donated to Burnet County. The land was cleared and a public park was built on part of the donated acreage. You can visit Dead Man’s Hole by heading North on 281 to Ranch Road 2147 East. Taking 2147 to County Road 401, the park will be another half mile on the left. • The Hill Country Cattlewomen met a the Wildflower Seed Farm to hear about the business and how it began. A tour was provided and the wildflowers were especially beautiful this time of year. Coffee, boxed lunches, and sweets made by the Fredericksburg women were provided.

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