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Pronounced: "rhymes with cow"
"no slogan"Population (2010): 1,249Businesses (2000): 31Tax Rate (2010): 1.4901/$100
Elevation: 1,037 ftArea: undefinedCounty: Llano
Zip Code: 78672Area Code: 325-379Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 53' 1" N, 98° 28' 21" W
Location: In NE part of county; W shore of Lake Buchanan; 83 mi NW of Austin
Highways: FR-2241; CR-219, CR-220, CR-221; CR-222
Creeks:Rivers: ColoradoLakes: Buchanan (see Lakes)
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 5 mi N of Bluffton, 14 mi NW of Buchanan Dam, 18 mi NE of Llano
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Residential area, water recreation, ranching
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Lake Buchanan
- Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and state parks in the region (see below)
- Fall Creek Vineyards
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Bluffton: Lake Buchanan; Parks
- Lake Buchanan Area: Buchanan Dam & Museum & Visitor Center; Vanishing Texas River Cruise; Canyon Of The Eagles Lodge & Nature Park; State & LCRA Parks
- Bend: Colorado Bend State Park
- LAKE BUCHANAN/INKS LAKE SHORE PARKS:
- Llano: Badu City Park, Leonard Grenwelge County Park, Moore Memorial Park, Ray House & Grounds, Robinson City Park
- Late May: TOW VFW Annual Fundraiser Fish Fry, Community Grounds, RR-2241
- Oct: Reunion & BBQ
- Nov: Annual Craft Sale
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below. MAPS: Local Google; Hill Country Special Maps
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Lake recreation, Retirement community
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "It is the oldest community in the county. It began with the arrival in 1852 of David and Gideon Cowan and their mother, Ruth, from Tennessee. The Cowans were directed by local Indians to a salt bed near the Colorado River, which they developed into a successful saltworks. Significant not only in the local economy, the Bluffton-Tow Salt Works was also known as the Confederate States of America Salt Works for its contribution to the Confederate cause. The operation was destroyed by the "salt works cyclone" in 1871. John F. Morgan arrived in the area with his family in 1853 and soon established a hat business, using beaver and other fur trapped locally. When the Tow brothers, William and Wilson, arrived with their families in 1853, they named the nearby area in which they settled Tow Valley. A post office was established there in 1886 as Tow with Mathew B. Clendenen as postmaster. Tow grew rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s with the addition of retirement and recreation to its economic base. From a population of fifty before 1950, the lakeside town had grown to 305 by 1974, when it had a post office and numerous businesses."
TOW BRIDGE: A bridge across the Colorado River. A 30-inch rain in 1936 washed out the bridge and covered the First Baptist Church grounds. The church was then rebuilt.
PRIOR CITY NAMES:
- Tow Cemetery
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk; Texas Escapes; Wikipedia
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
SUNSET BOAT RENTALS: 325-379-2628; 1106 Hi-Line Dr, Tow, TX 78672. sunsetboatrentals.net. Offers houseboat, ski and deck boat rentals. Located at Hi-Line Resort & Marina (see profile above).
CHURCH OF CHRIST: Tow, TX 78672
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: 325 379-3918; 16529 RR-2241, Tow, TX 78672. blbaweb.org/church.php?assoc_churchID=5223. Established 1854, oldest church in the Burnet-Llano Baptist Association
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: 325-247-5050
FIRE: Call Sheriff's Office: 325-247-5767
TOW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: 325-379-3321; POB 112, 17608 CR, 221, Tow, TX 78672
LLANO COUNTY AREA EMS: 325-247-3088
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
US POSTAL SERVICE (USPS): 800-275-8777; usps.com.
Local post office: 325-379-2281; 16910 RR-2241, Tow, TX 78601
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing
KEN MILAM GUIDE SERVICE: 325-379-2051; 243 Alexander Dr, Tow, TX 78672. striperfever.com. Hunting & fishing
ALEXANDER BOAT DOCK & CABINS: 325-379-2051; 251 Alexander Dr, Tow, TX 78672. alexanderboatdock.com. Fishing camp
BALD EAGLE COTTAGE ON LAKE BUCHANAN: 202-237-6858; 118 Harvest Trail, Tow, TX 78672. vrbo.com/74204
COTTONWOOD COVE: 325-379-2641; 161 Alexander Dr, RR-2241, Tow, TX 78672. highlandlakes.com/cotton. Cabins, RV spaces, boating, fishing
DRIFTWOOD SHORES RESORTS: 325-379-2406; 16842 RR-2241, Tow, TX 78672
EAGLE'S NEST FISHING LODGE: 325-379-3131; 16746 RR-2241, Tow, TX 78672. eaglesnestlodge.net
HI-LINE LAKE RESORT: 325-379-1065; 1106 Hi-Line Dr, Tow, TX 78672. Cabins, RV facilities. hilinelakeresort.com
SCOTT’S LANDING (formery Pelican Point Resort): 325-247-0314; 100 Scott Dr, Tow, TX 78672. pelicanpointresort.com
Note: Check RV Parks below for availability of cabins, guest houses and other accommodations.
BINNIE BOY BURGERS: 325-248-5585; 1704 RR-3014, Tow, TX 78672
BUCHANAN/LAKE VILLAGE HOA: Tow, TX 78672
FLYING ANGELS DOVE RELEASE: 325-379-3131, 16746 RR-2241, Tow, TX 78672. flyingangelsdoverelease.com
HENDERSON MOBILE SERVICE: 325-798-6163; 408 RR-3014, Tow, TX 78672. hendersonmobileservice.com. Wrecker service
J & S QUICK STOP: 325-379-1482; 110 Frazier St, Tow, TX 78672
J & J WATER WELL & WINDMILL SERVICE: 830-265-9881; 325-622-4640; Tow, TX 78672. jandjwaterwells.com
LLANO COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: 830-596-3413; Precinct 205 Chair, Debbie Alexander, 15649 RR-2241, Tow, TX 78672. llanogop.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
PARADISE POINT FISHING DOCK: 325-379-2222; 1001 Lakeshore Loop, Tow, TX 78672. Facebook
PARADISE POINT HOA: Tow, TX 78672
(RICK) RANSOM: 512-567-6147; Paradise Point, 1001 Lakeshore Loop, Tow, TX 78672. rickransom.com. Lake Buchanan stripper guide
<SCOTTY'S SCREENS: 325-247-6180; 305 Marina Dr, Tow, TX 78672. Solar screens
TOW COMMUNITY CENTER: 135 CR-221, Tow, TX 78672. facebook.com/TowCommunityCenter. Tony Ysais: 325-423-2333; Nick Zackoff: 512-658-9944
TOW VFW AUXILLARY: Tow, TX 78672
WILDWAYS STUDIO: Tow, TX 78672
BUCHANAN LAKE VILLAGE RV PARK: 325-379-2181; 123 Hunter Ln, Tow, TX 78672. buchananlakerv.com
HI-LINE LAKE RESORT: 325-379-1065; 1106 Hi-Line Dr, Tow, TX 78672. hilinelakeresort.com
PELICAN POINT RESORT: 830-379-2373; 800-930-2373; 100 Scott Dr, Tow, TX 78672. pelicanpointresort.com
TEXAS HILLS RV HAVEN: 325-379-1740; 139 Willow Shores Dr, Tow, TX 78672. texashillsrvhavencom
Tow is served mostly by Llano Independent School District, and the remainder by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
LOCAL PROVIDERS: See Buchanan Dam listings
Electric: PEC, CTEC
Cable: Spectrum/Time Warner Cable
Internet: CTEC, Zeecon, 281 Communications, Blue Mountain
Trash/Garbage: Allied Waste
LOWER COLORADO RIVER ASSOCIATION (LCRA): 800-776-5272; 3700 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703.lcra.org. LCRA plays a variety of roles in Central Texas: delivering electricity, managing the water supply and environment of the lower Colorado River basin, developing water and wastewater utilities, providing public recreation areas, and supporting community and economic development.
Emergencies (to report water pollution, such as spills or contamination): 1-800-776-5272 x6843
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
FALL CREEK VINEYARDS: 325-379-5361; 1820 CR-222, Tow, TX 78672. fcv.com; Mon-Fri 11-4; Sat 11-5; Sun 12-4. Fall Creek Vineyards, established in 1975, is the oldest vineyard & winery operation in the Hill Country and founder of the region. Fall Creek Vineyards is at the forefront of the Texas wine industry in demand and accolades for its award-winning wines. Located on the northwest shores of Lake Buchanan, boat cruises are available to magnificent Fall Creek Falls lake - level permitting. Tasting, tours, picnic facilities with light fare for sale and gift shop offered daily.
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR-1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
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