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CASTELL, Texas

Pronounced: "CASS-tell"

"First Town in Llano County"

Population (2000): 72COL Index (2008):
Elevation: Area: undefinedCounty: Llano
Zip Code: 76831Area Code: 325Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 42' 04" N, 98° 57' 23" W
Location: Intersection of RR 152 and FM 2768, 3 mi S of Hwy 29
Highways: RR 152, FM 2768, CR 104Creeks: Rivers: LlanoLakes:


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

CITY: Unincorporated

CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Nothing formal other than that the General Store owners lead the effort to promote Castell. See below.

NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 18 mi E of Mason, 18 mi W of Llano

PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, recreation

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS:
  • Castell General Store: 325-247-4100; Hwy 152, Castell, TX 76831; real estate, beer, bait, ammo, feed, groceries, antiques, and kayak rentals. BBQ on Saturdays.
  • Llano River: kayaking and fishing. See our focus page at Tubing & Paddling, and Hunting & Fishing
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
  • Llano: Parks; Golf; Hill Country Wildlife Museum; Llano County Historical Museum; Lantex Theater
  • Mason: Golf; Parks; Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve; Gene Zesch's Woodcarving Exhibition; Historic Fort Mason; Mason County Museum; Historic Mason County Courthouse; Odeon Theater; Sandstone Cellars Winery & Mason County Vineyards; Seaquist Victorian Mansion
PARKS: There are many state, county and LCRA parks in the greater area as profiled on the Parks page. These nearby parks include:
  • Llano: Badu City Park, Leonard Grenwelge County Park, Moore Memorial Park, Ray House & Grounds, Robinson City Park
  • Marble Falls: Shaffer Bend Recreation Area (NE Lake Travis); Turkey Bend Recreation Area (NE Lake Travis); Sunset Point Park On Lake LBJ (Lake LBJ)
  • Mason: Fort Mason City Park
  • Local city parks include: None
EVENT CALENDAR: For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.

WEATHER: Weather Underground

MEDIA COVERAGE:
  • On-Line News: Google News; Topix
  • Videos: CockARoo videos, see below
  • Newspaper, Radio/TV, Video, Articles:
MAPS: Google Map, GeoHack

HISTORY: Handbook of Texas: "Castell was established in 1847 on the north side of the Llano River by German immigrants under the auspices of the Adelsverein They were led from Fredericksburg by Count Emil von Kriewitz to a site selected by John O. Meusebach to comply with the terms of the Fisher-Miller land grant, which the organization had acquired. The town was named for Count Carl Frederick Castell-Castell, business manager of the Adelsverein. Other Adelsverein settlements-Leiningen, Bettina, and Schoenburg-were established at the same time but did not survive. In 1872 a post office was established on the south side of the Llano River, where the community has since been centered. The site held the first church services in the region, conducted by Rev. Charles A. Grote in 1852. Castell has remained a center of religious activity. The local Methodist and Lutheran churches date their founding from that year. By 1972 the ranching and recreational community had declined to a population of seventy-two, mainly descendants of the original German settlers."

Castell received a lot of publicity recently from a U-Tube posting about their famous rooster CockARoo, who has since died. See Video1 and Video2

German Intellectuals on the Texas Frontier: www.texfiles.com/texashistory/castell.htm

Castell School Historical Marker: www.castelltexas.com/marker.html,
School history: www.castelltexas.com/school.html
and School pictures: www.castelltexas.com/schoolpics.html

Book: "The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier", By Scott Zesch, an award winning Mason, Texas writer. From the book overview: "On New Year's Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comaches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his family. That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own great-great-great uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historians rigor and a novelists eye, Zesch paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity."

PRIOR CITY NAMES: None

HISTORICAL MARKERS: See school marker above

CEMETERIES: None

OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); Podunk (not available); Texas Escapes; Travel Texas (not available); Wikipedia

AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: 1; Restaurants: 1 on weekend; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: no; Public Schools: no; Cemetery: no

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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY


CHURCHES


ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH: 325-247-3115; RR 152, Castell, TX 76831
Methodist
TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 325-247-4238; 325-218-2737; 142 Old Schoolhouse Ln, RR 152, Castell, TX 76831

Dial 911 in emergencies
EMERGENCIES
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
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Crime Stopppers
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers Fire & Rescue

CASTELL VFD: Hwy 152, Castell, TX 76831




LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated

LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Llano County Government Offices

STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
USPO
US POST OFFICE: 325-247-3117; 19479 RR 152, Castell, TX 76831-3000. www.usps.com


CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies




DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:

See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.

(BEN A.) WALLIS RANCH: 210-525-1500; Castell, TX 76831. Season Lease, all inclusive guided hunts available, 7-10 hunters, guns only, deer, turkey, cabin, blinds, year round feeding, 1000+ acres.




CASTELL COTTAGE: 325-248-4270; 19702 W RR 172, Castell, TX 76831. www.castellcottage.com

ROCKIN RIVER CABIN: 325-248-3805; 101 Rockin River Rd, Castell, TX 76831. www.rockinrivercabins.com. 19 Miles W of Llano


MISCELLANEOUS GOODS & SERVICES


CASTELL GENERAL STORE: 325-247-4100; Hwy 152, Castell, TX 76831. Real estate, beer, bait, ammo, feed, groceries, antiques, and kayak rentals. BBQ on Saturdays.

LEIFESTE CAMPGROUND: 325-247-3447; Castell, TX 76831. In operation for over fifty years, reservations are required well in advance. 7 sites with electric and drinking water, shuttle for boats, canoe, kayaks, flat bottom boat rentals, family oriented, great fishing, shady sites, located on the river outside Castell.

MAGILL WELL SERVICE: 325-456-5090; 2519 cr 405, Castell, TX 76831

RIVERSOUNDS CAMPGROUND: 325-247-1414; Castell, TX 76831. www.castelltexas.com. Features riverside camps, some hookups, great fishing!

RIVERSOUNDS RECORDING STUDIO: 512-217-4596; Box 53, Castell, TX 76831. www.enchantedrock.com/recording.html




LLANO RIVER RANCH REAL ESTATE: 325-247-3453; Box 65, Castell, TX 76831. www.theranchman.com




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