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Wilde About Texas: Llano County Courthouse
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Llano County’s 120-year-old courthouse is visible from almost anywhere in town, and has a knack for drawing in tourists.
"The courthouse is kind of a focal point for any tourist that is traveling around the state," Frank Rowell with Enchanted Rocks and Jewelry said.
The tourists stop to take pictures and stroll around the town's square.
"People from Europe, we have people from all over the United States, we have a ton of people that are bikers that come during the bluebonnet season," Dana Wood with The Stuffology Store said.
The Stuffology Store hosts a collection a local merchants, all sharing space in a building that has been welcoming shoppers for generations.
"This store was actually the hardware store originally, and it's still got the marks on the floor where they measured lumber," Wood said. "Being right across from the courthouse is prime location."
It's a location that Frank Rowell believes is perfect for his business.
"We have a lot of minerals, a lot of local history and everything else that happened here in Llano," he said.
While shoppers come to see the rocks, they're also seeing a piece of the courthouse's history.
"All the shelving in the store and several of the counters were the original bookshelves out of the courthouse," Rowell said.
The store's original owner bought them in a yard sale when the courthouse was being remodeled in the ‘60s.
"They ended up just crossing the street and they've been here ever since," Rowell said.
They serve as a reminder of the history just outside his store's front door.
"It's just an impressive site everyday to look out there and see this building with so much history involved with it," Rowell said.
Ten years ago, a restoration project restored the Llano County Courthouse's clock tower to match its original design.
You can learn more about Llano's and other state courthouses at ILoveTexasCourthouses.org.