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HUCKABAY, TEXAS

Erath County, Central Texas North

32 20' 41" N, 98 17' 54" W (32.344722, -98.298333)

Highway 108 and FM 219
10 miles NW of Stephenville the county seat
16 miles S of Thurber
Population: 150 Est. (2010, unchanged since 1970)

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Huckabay, Texas Community Center
Huckabay Community Center
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey July, 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called Flat Woods around 1875, by the end of the decade a store opened and the towns first postmaster, John A. Huckabay, submitted his name on the application.

The town opened a cotton gin but when a bank opened in the 1890s - it closed soon after. The population was 174 at the turn of the 20th Century. An academy operated from 1900 to 1910 and the town was connected to Stephenville in 1927 by the construction of Highway 108. The town has lived a peaceful existence for over 100 years and the population hasn't changed that much from the 1900 figure.

Huckabay Tx Historical Marker
Huckabay Historical Marker
FM 219, across from Huckabay Cemetery

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

Historical Marker:

The Community of Huckabay

In 1875 a small group of pioneers from Arkansas and Tennessee acquired land here on the headwaters of the Bosque, starting the "Flat Woods" settlement. Confederate veteran John Copeland (1841-86) taught the first local school sessions (1876,1877) in his home, and gave land (1879) for a cemetery and (1883) for school. A Church of Christ congregation was formed in 1876. G. W. Glenn opened the first store in 1878. Baptist and Methodist churches were founded in 1881.

John Huckabay, a farmer-storekeeper who brought the settlers' mail from Stephenville, led in securing a post office (1888), which was named for him. He was postmaster in 1888-91 and 1893-95. By 1890, town had general stores, groceries, drugstores, 2 blacksmiths, barber shops, an undertaker; and later (briefly) a bank. John Huckabay and W. C. Rigsby opened a cotton gin, 1891.

C. H. Hale, an outstanding teacher, founded (1902) the Huckabay Academy, a high school that later offered college courses. It is said the Academy won every debate, oratory event, and athletic contest it ever entered. It closed in 1914. The village dwindled in changing economic and travel conditions. The school, churches, cemetery, and tabernacle became focus for the community. The post office closed in 1965.
(1975)

Huckabay Tx Baptist Tabernacle
Baptist Tabernacle
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

Huckabay Tx Old Baptist Church
The Old Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

Huckabay Tx new Baptist Church
The new Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

Huckabay Tx Church Of Christ
Church Of Christ
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
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Huckabay Tx Cemetery
Huckabay Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
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Huckabay Tx   High School
Huckabay High School
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey July, 2005
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Huckabay, Texas Nearby Towns:
Stephenville the county seat
Thurber
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