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PICKETVILLE, TEXAS

Runnels County, Panhandle / West Texas

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First civilian settlement in Runnels County. Founded 1862 by frontiersmen whose picket houses and corrals gave place its name. It was located near the mouth of Elm Creek in the vicinity of present day Ballinger.

Original settlers included Mr. and Mrs. John W. Guest and three sons; Henry and R. K. Wylie, their cowboys and Negro servant; Mrs. Felicia Gordon and five sons. In 1862, "Rich" Coffey's family also moved here. Indian hostilities of Civil War years (1861-65) caused these ranchers to band together for protection. In 1866, they left with cattle for open range. Their picket corrals later penned the trail herds of John Hittson, John and Joseph Henderson, and others.

From "Eighteen Ghost Towns of Runnels County" by Alton O'Neil Jr.

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