|Llano Courthouse Tower & Clock|
|Built of Brick, Granite, and Sandstone in 1893.|
Many early buildings remain such as the historically significant 'old jail', a solid looking beautiful old building - probably not so beautiful to those who were forced to reside inside. The old jail, now known as "Red-top" because of its red roof, was built in 1895 of local granite at a reported cost of $11,500. The first floor was the home of the "jailers" and the four cells and two drunk tanks were located on the second floor. Prisoners reportedly slept on the floor on cot mattresses, and there was no electricity on the second floor. Their meals were prepared by the jailer's wife. There is no third floor, and the top of the jail is where the gallows was located. A hole in the floor allowed bodies to fall down to "hang". Reportedly no one was hanged from the "gallows" although skeptics say there were hangings. It was last used as a jail in the 1970's and was used as a "Headstart" building in the 1990's. It is reportedly being restored by the Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail.
|Buildings on Llano Square|
|Woman's Culture Club of Llano|
|The Acme Cafe|
There are several interesting restaurants in Llano and it is difficult to decide where to enjoy your meal. I look forward to trying breakfast or lunch next visit at The Berry St. Bakery (http://www.berrystreetbakery.com/) which is in an older home and has an outdoor eating area, on the corner across from the square.During our visit to Llano, we also visited Jim's Jewelry on Main Street on the Square, a gift shop and Charlie's Furniture and Gift Shop.
Llano is known as "The deer capital of Texas" and the density of deer in the Llano Basin is greater than any other area in the United States.
"Phebe - Cottage Dreamer" blog would be incomplete without at least one cottage picture from Llano. This little cottage, near the old jail, intrigued me. The "Llano resident" that came out to greet us on our visit April, 2011 appeared to be part of the "neighborhood watch program."
|Small Llano Cottage|
|Chicken in Llano in April, 2011.|
Note: Many readers may be surprised that chickens are allowed in some Texas towns.
However, they are even legal in the city of Austin, which boasts some amazing chicken coops.
|Parent in 2012 Watching Baby Eagle from Afar.|
(My thanks to the Llano Chamber of Commerce, and three websites for information about the Llano area. http://www.texfiles.com/llanotexas/aboutllano/yesterdaytoday/index.htm and
http://www.truewestmagazine.com/jcontent/living-the-dream/living-the-dream/true-western-towns/4254-llano-texas, and http://www.llanomainstreet.com/Redtopjail/Redtop.html.
Note: All photos in the Llano blogs were taken by Phebe and may not be copied without permission.)