In 1836 Captain James Callahan along with other Texas Rangers passed through the hill country. He decided to return with his family, the E. C. Hinds family, the William Trainer family and William “Maulheel” Johnson family to settle in what became the town of Pittsburg.
Even today there remains the historical Amenthal home of Rebecca Baines Johnson, the CCC headquarters and medical building (now homes) and several more structures from this period. The structures that are fifty years old can possibly be designated as “Historic Landmarks” if the owners desire to apply to the Texas Historic Commission for this designation
The Texas Historic Commission certified the Blanco Cemetery as a Historical Site in 2006 at its Sesquicentennial celebration. There has been discussion by the Blanco Historic Commission to expand our historic district to include the cemetery.
Pittsburg can be revived to a beautiful, viable, historic area. An effort has been underway to bring it back for three years and with the help of all of the citizens who live in Pittsburg it can be accomplished. It is all of our responsibilities to protect and preserve our history and heritage.
In 1858 Blanco County was formed and the town moved across the river, as the county seat. The name was changed to Blanco. So our celebration this year is not only for Blanco County but also for the City of Blanco.
The celebrations for our Sesquicentennial will continue throughout 2008. You will see many articles, and a schedule of events in the paper each week. Please join in to help plan and participate in this great celebration.
Call Rebecca Howerton at 830-833-4950 if you would like to help in Blanco.