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County
Llano
Region
Hill Country
Population
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 305
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Tow, Texas
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Tow Texas History:
The area was first settled in 1852 by Tennesseans David and Gideon Cowan and their mother, Ruth. They developed an area salt bed into a salt works. During the Civil War the salt works became known as the Confederate States of America Salt Works. In 1871, the business was destroyed by a tornado that became known as the "salt works cyclone." In 1853, John F. Morgan and his family arrived in the area. He established a hat business using the fur from beavers and other locally trapped animals. That same year, brothers William and Wilson Tow settled in the area and named it Tow Valley. The Tow post office was established in 1886. In Tow had 31 businesses in 2000. Tow is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Buchanan at the intersection of RR 2241 and CR 219, 17.7 miles northeast of Llano, 43.3 miles southeast of San Saba, 49 miles southwest of Lampasas, 27.4 miles northwest of Burnet, and 14.4 miles northwest of Buchanan Dam, Texas.  
 
Historic Salt Works, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Located between Tow Valley and Old Bluffton, 15 mile NE. since 1935 under Lake Buchanan.
During Civil War made salt for table, curing meat and hides, feeding cavalry horses. A day's boiling in 100 iron, 250-gallon kettles produced 20 to 30 bushels of salt. Cooled sacked and hauled out. This met Texas' wartime shortages. First Llano County District Court was held as Salt Works. Stagecoach stop was nearby. Brine here was from Cambrian Sea waters trapped 500 million years ago in sand and strata Indians led first settler here.”
 
Historic Tow Cemetery, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“The 1850 death date of eight-year old Margaret R. Thorp, said to have died from a snakebite, documents the age of this burial ground in the community that formed around the Bluffton-Tow salt works. An obelisk with an 1846 date is a memorial for a Morgan family member buried elsewhere. John F. Morgan, a successful fur hat maker, arrived here in 1853. The same year William Tow and family settled Tow Valley, a long tradition of caring for this site by area families is now overseen by an association formed in the 1950s. The cemetery remains as a chronicle of the pioneers and generations that are the Tow area's heritage.”
 
Annual Llano County Rodeo and Parade, June:
The parade takes place on SH 16 in downtown Llano at 10am. The Llano Volunteer Fire Department BBQ is held on the Courthouse grounds following the parade; plates cost $8. The Llano Opry performs in the Lantex Theater in the afternoon. The evening rodeo competitions include bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin’, and more. Live music and dancing available each evening. (325) 247-5354. This event is held at the Llano County Rodeo Arena at Robinson Park on RR 152, 2 miles west of town.
 
Fall Creek Vineyard, Tow, TX:
Their grape harvest occurs between late July and early October. The winery offers special events throughout the year and is available for private events. The wine tasting room is open Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, Noon-4pm; tours are available during these hours and by special appointment. Fall Creek Vineyards is located on the northwest shore of Lake Buchanan at the confluence of Fall Creek and Lake Buchanan, near Fall Creek Falls. (325) 379-5361. 1820 CR 222, Tow, Texas 78672. Email  Tow Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Tow Texas Area Map   
 
Twin Springs Winery, Tow, TX:
This winery is a special brand owned by Fall Creek Vineyard. The wines are produced at Fall Creek’s facilities. They have a very nice wine tasting room; call to visit. Vineyards: (325) 379-5361. They are located northeast of Town on CR 222, 2.2 miles past the Tow post office. Email  Tow Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Tow Texas Area Map 
 
Annual Fall Creek Vineyard Grape Stomp, Two Saturdays in Aug, Tow, TX:
Activities at this Fall Creek Vineyards event include winery tours, live local music on the vineyard patio, Castle Bounce, a play house, hayrides, chain-saw ice carving, a lunch, a special three course dinner for 12 people, and the grape stomping. Open 11am-5pm. (325) 379-5361. 1820 CR 222, Tow, Texas 78672. Email   Tow Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Tow Texas Area Map