in a Pecan Shell
you believe the story about how Trickham got it's name, then this town
was a pioneer in "truth in advertising."
Store owner Bill Franks (never
trust a man with two first names) used to sell whiskey to cowboys that was actually
water from Mukewater Creek. This was before the concept of repeat customers
evolved. Mr. Franks was also the one who applied for the Post Office (established
1879) and so his request was for Trickham (Trick 'em). Humor along the lines of
Dewey, Cheatham and Howe Attorneys at Law.
Tyro, Texas (also Coleman
Co.) probably heard the story and when their post office shut down in 1881 and
they needed a name for it to reopen in 1884 they submitted Novice because
of the store owner's inexperience.
The Historical Marker states that
the town was a "trading post for ranching activities of Cattle Baron John
the years, Trickham has had good times and bad, and the population has risen and
fallen accordingly. The 1970s were particularly bad, for that was the decade Trickham
lost their gas station, general store and post office. The reported population
was 12 in 1970 and that's where it remains today.
There might be some
health benefits from that water from Mukewater Creek after all. Then the joke
would be on Mr. Franks.
‘Em and Skin ‘Em
by Clay Coppedge
The old community of Trickham was the first community in Coleman
County to be settled, though today it might be hard for an outside observer to
understand why. The U.S. Army chose the patch of land on Mukewater Creek as the
site of Camp Colorado in the 1850s but the camp lasted less than a year at that
This can be rough country even today, but in the 1850s it was
a savage country... more
courtesy Bruce White, April 2007
Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007|
of early victims of a Comanche ambush|
Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007
Trickham School, now a community center|
Photo courtesy Jim
& Lou Kinsey, 9-04
Trickham Union Church
"Don't know that we have ever seen a
Church quite like the Trickham Union Church.
Baptist Church on First
& Third Sundays
Methodist Church on Second & Fourth Sundays
Sunday School Every Sunday"
- Jim & Lou Kinsey, September 25, 2004
These are photos of the former town of Trickham, Coleman
Co, Texas. My GG grandfather lived and worked around here in the late 1800's.
Photos include the historical signs (painted on rocks) and graves of early victims
of a Comanche ambush. - Bruce D. White, April 12, 2007
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