Hasse House

Built in 1883.

Credit: Texas Highways Magazine (permission TBD)

Lay of the Land

The Upper Willow Creek Settlement (or Willow Creek Settlement) was considered the first German settlement in Mason County, though the Castell Settlement 11 miles southeast of Willow Creek, in Llano County, predated…

Flirting with Danger

The further west Germans wandered into the Fischer-Miller colony, the more deeply into Comanche territory they found themselves. Settlement was either highly dangerous or downright impossible until Fort Mason was built in 1851.

On Your Own

Even under the fort's relative protection, the isolated settlements of Castell, Willow Creek, and others in this part of the western Hill Country were frequently raided by roaming Apache and Comanche.

Playing House on the Frontier

Pictured: An example of typical frontier picket construction, the William Henry Ledbetter house was built 150 miles north of Mason near Fort Griffin in the 1870s.
Credit: Portal to Texas History.

Picket Houses, Explained

Germans During the Civil War

Pictured: Henry Hasse's enlistment card from 1862. Hasse was in the Eighth (Taylor's) Battalion, Cavalry (Mounted Rifles).
Credit: U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 on Fold3.com by Ancestry.
Pictured: A Civil War supply wagon would always carry grain and corn for the horses and mules, too.
Credit: Library of Congress

Hard Times for Those Left Behind

The Hasse Farm by 1870

An 1870 agricultural census shows that Henry and Fredericka owned 2 horses, 25 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 150 cattle, 12 sheep, 30 swine, and 200 bushels of Indian corn.

After the War

Pictured: Hasse House as it appeared in 1978.
Credit: Klein, Stan & Moore, David. Portal to Texas History.

The Hasse Legacy