Menard Texas

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Historic Menard County Courthouse

Menard  Texas is a city in and the county seat of Menard County, Texas.

The first settlement at the site of what is now Menard was the Spanish Mission San Sabá and the Presidio of San Luís de Amarillas, both established in April 1757. The presidio was later replaced by the Presidio of San Sabá in 1761. Both were intended to protect New Spain’s northern frontier from marauding Comanches. Due to the presidio’s isolation, it suffered repeated attacks, and was finally abandoned in 1770. Stones from the old presidio walls were used by later settlers to build homes and fences. The ruins of the old presidio were reconstructed in 1936.

The community was first known as Menardville when the site was laid out in 1858, after the formation of Menard County Nearby Fort McKavett was deactivated in 1859, leaving the settlers with little protection from frequent Indian raids. The fort reopened after the Civil War. By 1867, Menardville had a store, a blacksmith shop, and a saloon. The community served as a trading post and overnight stop on north and west cattle trails. A county government was organized in 1871 and a two-story courthouse was built one year later. Menardville had approximately 150 residents by the mid-1880s. The San Saba River flooded in 1899, causing considerable damage to the community.

In 1910 or 1911, while the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Company was making plans to lay a track through the community, company officials asked residents to rename their town Menard to facilitate the painting of signs. An economic boom followed the arrival of the first train in 1911.

Menard Texas Attractions:

Fort McKavett State Historic Site…This Texas Historical Commission site is one of the best preserved and most intact examples of a Texas Indian Wars  (1850-75) military post.  Experience early West Texas life through the real stories of the infantrymen, Buffalo Soldiers, women and children.   Located at 7066 FM 864

Historic Ditch Walk…The Menard Irrigation Canal is locally referred to as “The Ditch”.  First dug in 1756 for irrigation to the mission, it continues to be used with modifications made over the years to supply water to members of the irrigation company.

Menard County Courthouse…Menard County had three courthouses; 1880, 1886, and 1932. The 1932 courthouse (pictured above) received an interior and exterior restoration and was rededicated on November 11, 2006.

Menard County Museum…This museum features local history exhibits and frontier artifacts housed in the small, vintage railroad deport.  Located at 100 Frisco Ave.

Ruins of Real Presidio De San Saba…This Spanish fort was established in 1751 to protect Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba. On March 16, 1758, Comanche and other tribes overran the mission.  The presidio, was abandoned in 1769.  On U.S.190 one mile west of Menard.

Menard Texas Recommended Restaurants:

Ojeda’s Café…Popular Mexican Restaurant.  Located on US 83.

When visiting Menard nearby attractions include Brady, Mason, Junction and San Angelo .

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