Since putting this part of my trip together a lot has happened and I have not taken the time to post it. On this leg of the trip I met with my brother-n-law. We had lunch together in Uvalde, rode together to Leaky and said good-bye. He passed away just a month later. So, this trip is dedicate to my brother-n-law and friend, Keith.
Today was a long day in the saddle. Riding from Del Rio to Burnet (pronounced “Burn-it” for those folks that are not familiar with proper Texas jargon). It is a route that passes by 8 lovely courthouses. So get your maps out if you want to follow along.
Del Rio – Bracketville – Eagle Pass – Uvalde – Leaky – Junction – Mason – Llano – Burnet
275 miles, 30 MPH winds, and beautiful clear Texas blue skies.
We’re still on US90 and Bracketville is the first stop. Bracketville was the setting for the 1960’s movie THE ALAMO staring John Wayne. Sometime around 1989 we took a family vacation to see that movie set. No idea why I thought the kids should see it, but they got the full tour, even a gun fight on the main street of town. Enough memory lane, back to the Courthouse Tour.
Here’s the Kinney County courthouse.
Kinney County Courthouse, Bracketville, Texas
Kinney County History and the National Register
Since the movie set is no longer open, I took off east heading for Eagle Pass to visit the Maverick County Courthouse. It is a bit out of the way, but not knowing when I would be this way again, I took time for the detour.
Once in Eagle Pass finding the courthouse was a bit of a challenge. A local knew exactly where it was located, but did not know the name of the street; “just go down here and turn this way and at the next street turn and it’s right there. You can’t miss it.” Even with those directions I found it, but it was a modern structure with minimal parking. The entrance was open and I decided to take a walking tour. Turns out on the other side of this building was the old courthouse which is now a museum and deserving a photo of its own.
Here’s the new courthouse.
Maverick County Courthouse, Eagle Pass, Texas
…and here’s the Historic Courthouse
Old Maverick County Courthouse
Now it’s off to Uvalde. I was looking forward to meeting my brother-n-law, Kieth, for lunch and a brief visit. We met at the Broadway 830 Grill (now closed) which was right next to the Uvalde County Courthouse; how handy. During lunch he explained the limited parking around the courthouse. I figured getting a picture might take a bit of creativity. As it turn out, there was a wide shoulder across the street from the courthouse.
Uvalde County Courthouse, Uvalde, Texas
For this courthouse I have no historical marker or information, but it is a good looking courthouse.
From Uvalde I was heading to Leaky (pronounced Lake-E) in search of the Real County Courthouse.
The Real County Courthouse is located right on US83, so it was easy to find it. It is not a Real impressive courthouse, but has a rather interesting history, you be the judge.
Real County Courthouse, Leakey, Texas
Here’s a picture that shows the lines in the stone where they took out the doors and installed windows.
Sixty-five mile north on US 83 is Junction, county seat for Kimble County. Before I went looking for the courthouse, I had to stop at the Dairy Queen for an ice cream treat, after all riding for an hour in the Texas heat and gusting cross-winds makes a person ready to take a break and get off the bike. Love riding, but if you ride, you understand…
The courthouse is right downtown Junction, and a pretty nice setting, easy access for taking pictures.
Kimble County Courthouse, Junction, Texas
Kimble county history
Next stop was Mason, Texas. It was difficult for me to take a picture because the courthouse burned in 2021. I don’t like to take pictures that are depressing and it was depressing when I watched the news and saw the fine old structure a blaze. When I got to Mason I was pleased to see that they are rebuilding the original courthouse. It’s a long way from being finished. I really like that they are not knocking down what is left of the original structure to build something that looks like a modern office building. Appears the new courthouse will be similar to early 1900s architecture.
Mason County Courthouse (reconstruction), Mason, Texas
Llano was my next stop. Going to the courthouse I got to ride over the steel bridge over the Llano River going into the downtown area. Steel bridges are cool, strong looking structures that you feel safe riding across. I got to the other side of the river and the courthouse is only a couple of blocks away. But when I got there I discovered there was restaurant-row right across from the courthouse, and everybody from near and far was having dinner (and drinks) and parking their cars and trucks at every available space in the courthouse parking lot. I found a place to park over on the west side of the courthouse and took the best possible shot I could.
Llano County Courthouse, Llano, Texas
So, I walked around to the front and took tis picture showing some of the character of this fine old courthouse.
History Llano County Courthouse
I was getting tired but it’s only 30 more miles to Burnet and the Best Western Post Oak Inn. The sun is still high in the sky and I’m okay – press on.
I’ve stayed at this Best Western before and the folks are very nice and have special rates for Veterans and old motorcycle riders. Got a room and made a plan for tomorrow’s ride.
The Burnet County courthouse was kind of on my way through town. Only a couple of block from the highway. But when I turned onto the street it’s on there were barricades blocking the street. From there the street to the courthouse was a one-way going the wrong way. Took a bit of riding and turning around to actually get to the courthouse, but here is what the Burnet County courthouse looks like from the side parking lot.
Burnet County Courthouse, Burnet, Texas
Here’s what it looks like from the entrance.
… and this explains the hieroglyphics at the entrance.
The wind was still blowing and I have another 4 hours fighting it to get home. On the way I’ll try to decided where my next ride will take me. I’ll let you know.