San Saba is a city located in Central Texas. It was settled in 1854 and named for its location on the San Saba River. The population was 3,099 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of San Saba County.
|Motto: "The Pecan Capital of the World"|
Location of San Saba, Texas
|Coordinates: 31°11′43″N 98°43′30″W|
The city was named for the San Saba River.
San Saba is located at (31.195298, -98.725003).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.
Pecans emerged as an important crop, largely because of the work of Edmund E. Risien, an Englishman who moved to San Saba County in 1874 and made improvement of the native nuts his life's work. Risien founded the West Texas Pecan Nursery at the junction of the San Saba and Colorado Rivers. The "Mother Pecan Tree", located in the heart of this orchard, has been used to produce many great pecan varieties. Some of these include the: San Saba Improved, Texas Prolific,Onliwon, Squirrel Delight, No.60, and Western Schley and these are just a few of the varieties this tree has produced. During his era, his customer base included Queen Victoria of England, Lord Alfred Tennyson and the cereal company giant, C.W. Post. Today, Risien is credited for laying the groundwork for the pecan industry that led San Saba County to proclaim itself 'Pecan Capital of the World'. Today the land and orchard is owned by the Millican family and six generations have worked in the pecan business.
In "The San Saba Incident" (October 18, 1957) of the CBS western television series Trackdown starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman, the Ranger transports four prisoners to the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. One of the convicts is a woman, Abby Lindon, played by Margaret Hayes.