In 1875, Guy Risien built a rock and brush dam across Mill Creek to operate a hydraulic dam that he used to water his own garden and provide water to a few neighbors. Most of the original dam still stands. Risien installed a water wheel, a valve and piston pump, and three-inch water mains. Risien also helped the county keep water troughs at the courthouse full. Risien sold his waterworks to John H. Brown, who built a gristmill. Later the city water system housed its machinery there. Mill Pond still provides water to the residents of San Saba.
Today, Mill Pond Park is a lovely park with a spring-fed lake. A waterfall cascades over rocks landscaped with ferns, moss, canna and caladium. The waters then flow under a bridge and wind throughout the park. Seven-million gallons of water pump through the lake daily. Ducks and geese paddle by and the lake’s many tributaries meander throughout the park, past picnic areas, and Pecan Pool, the municipal swimming pool, all beautifully landscaped with native vegetation.
The seventy-one acre park houses baseball fields, tennis courts, a playground, beach volleyball and basketball courts, an all-weather track, and nature trails. It is also the location of the Mill Pond Gazebo, available to rent for special occasions; San Saba County Museum; and the San Saba Civic Center, also available for special venue rentals. In the southwest section of the park, is the Joe Ragsdale RV Park.
Text courtesy of Chandra Moira Beal & La Luna Publishing © Copyright 1999 Chandra Moira Beal
Phone City Hall at 325.372.5144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about Mill Pond Park and rental availabilities for the park gazebo, civic center and rv park.