The oldest community in Llano County, Texas, in the Texas Hill Country, began in 1852 when the Cowan family moved here from Tennessee. The Cowans worked a salt bed on the Colorado River which provided salt to the local residents as well as the Confederate army during the Civil War.
The operation was destroyed in 1871 by a tornado still known as the "salt works cyclone” in 1871. The town’s namesake arrived in 1853—William Tow settled into what he named Tow Valley, and when the post office opened in 1886, the name Tow was submitted and accepted. The town sat quietly for decades, content with knowing it was Llano County’s first community. The prime location made it a retirement destination starting in the 1970s.
The population was 1,249 at the 2010 census. Tow, Texas was once a thriving community, until the central Texas drought that started in 2007. It then lost about half of its population, forcing many businesses to shut down. As of 2018, Tow is seeing a lot more activity now that the lake is full, and businesses once shut down have begun to reopen.
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