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BABY HEAD, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Llano County, Texas Hill Country

Highway 16
10 Miles N of Llano the county seat
Population: 0

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Llano County TX - Baby Head Cemetery Marker
Baby Head Cemetery Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

One of the more unusual place names in Texas, it stems from the grisly discovery of an infants skull left on Babyhead Mountain by hostile Indians. (See proposed alternative of naming below.)

A town developed on the site and even had its own post office from 1879 to 1918. At one time the town hosted a county voting precinct and up until the late 1960s, it still had a population. As late as 1990 twenty residents were counted but all thatís left today is the cemetery and the historical marker.
Historical Marker:

Baby Head Cemetery

According to local oral tradition, the name "Babyhead" was given to the mountain in this area in the 1850s, when a small child was killed by Indians and its remains left on the mountain. A local creek also carried the name, and a pioneer community founded in the 1870s became known as Baby Head. The oldest documented grave here is that of another child, Jodie May McKneely, who died on New Year's Day 1884. The cemetery is the last physical reminder of the Baby Head community, which once boasted numerous homes, farms, and businesses.
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Llano County TX - Baby Head Cemetery
Baby Head Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

Llano County TX - Baby Head Cemetery sign
Baby Head Cemetery Sign
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, April 2018
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Babyhead TX Llano County 1908 Postmark
Babyhead TX Llano County 1908 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Babyhead TX 1908 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection



Forum - Naming of Baby Head

Subject: Naming of Baby Head

There are two other accounts of the tragedy which occurred in Baby Head, Texas.

1) It occurred in 1873 instead of the 1850s. The name of the victim was Beth and her father was Bill Buster.
2) A group of wealthy men killed the girl and blamed it on the Indians, hoping this would scare away future homesteaders and convince the U.S. Calvary to help end the Comanche raids.

For a more detailed analysis of these two accounts, read this article by Dale Fry
- www.texfiles.com/texashistory/babyhead.htm
- Clint Skinner, January 16, 2017

Subject: Babyhead ... not buying the legend.

Read several articles on the Texas ghost town: BabyHead. The origin of the name seems a bit far fetched. It may be true that murders occurred. However to name a town after severed body parts is simply bad taste & in this case - macabre! I.E: We don't find towns named "Indian Scalps".

There's a much more plausible explanation:

A large creek runs past the old ghost town all the way to the Llano river. It is a well established principle that the source of a moving body of water is called the "HEAD". As it turns out, that creek has (2) heads. A greater that runs far to the northwest and a lesser (baby) head that runs adjacent to where the "BabyHead road" currently runs. Imagine that.

So then - put yourself in the shoes of settlers in that time frame. If you were describing the topography of the creek - you'd refer to the "Baby Head" of it to draw the distinction to the location that was settled/inhabited. Over a period of time - the location would simply be referred to as "BabyHead".

See the [map below]. Which hypothesis makes more sense?

I think that bad history needs a revision. - Cordially, Curtis Scott, July 11, 2020

Map - Baby Head explained
Naming of "Baby Head" explained
Click on image to enlarge
Submitted by Curtis Scott



TX Llano County 1907 Postal Map
1907 postal map showing Babyhead (northern Llano County)
From Texas state map #2090

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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