Mason, Texas (population: 2,134), is the Mason County Seat and is 64 miles N of Kerrville, 42 miles NW of Fredericksburg, and 110 miles W of Austin. Fort Mason was established in 1851, and settlers came because of the protection the fort provided from Indians. Germans moved into the area from Fredericksburg. In 1858 the town received mail as well as the fort's supplies from San Antonio. The post office opened and the name was changed to Mason that same year.
This building was built in 1928 as Fort Mason Hotel, a brick 4-story building with 54 rooms, ballroom, barber shop and drugstore.
The Odeon Theater, which has been in continuous operation since 1928. Odeon is the Greek word for theatre. In the late 1950’s the Odeon was the site of the pre-premier of Walt Disney’s Old Yeller, based on Mason native Fred Gipson's book by the same name.