On Saturday August 1, 2009, the Mason Square Museum in Mason welcomed Yvonne Merkel of Fredericksburg, Texas as the 10,000th visitor to the museum since it opened April 2007. After living 30 years in California, Ms. Merkel had recently moved back to Texas. She and friend Michael Johnson, also a recent transplant from the east coast, had decided to start visiting area towns and sites to rediscover the Hill Country. The trip to Mason was first on their list. Ms. Merkel received a certificate of recognition and a hardbound copy of Margaret Bierschwale’s book, “History of Mason County.” The 702 page book is highly sought after by Texas historians and contains the history of Fort Mason and Mason county from pre-settlement through 1964. After receiving the gifts of appreciation Ms. Merkel said “I’m so honored. It’s unbelievable. We planned this trip a week ago.” After visiting the square museum the couple continued their exploration at the Old Historical Building Museum just 2 blocks off the Mason square.
Other visitors to the museum during the day came from coast to coast: Seattle, Washington; Macedonia, Ohio; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kansas City, Kansas; and Washington,DC.
The Mason Square Museum brings history alive with chronological displays ranging from prehistoric times to current ranching and banking. Visitors can learn about period events such as the Mason County War, the establishment of Fort Mason, a training ground for generals, and view the largest topaz found in North America. Learn about Robert E Lee’s command, John Meusebach’s treaty with the indians, Fred Gipson, author of “Ole Yeller” and Johnny Ringo’s part in the Mason County War, listed as one of the top ten feuds in Texas.
The Museum Gift Shop includes the sales of historical books, surplus artifacts, photos, artwork and related memorabilia. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is free.