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    BRACKETTVILLE, TEXAS

    Kinney County Seat, Texas Hill Country
    US 90, State Hwy 131
    FM 334 & FM 674
    32 miles East of Del Rio
    40 miles West of Uvalde
    46 miles N of Eagle Pass
    122 miles West of San Antonio on US 90

    Population: 1,876 (2000) 1,740 (1990)

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    1910  Kinney County Courthouse, Brackettville TX
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2009
    Kinney County Courthouse
    History in a Pecan Shell

    In 1852, the town was named after Oscar Brackett who was a sutler to Fort Clark. The town started around his store around 1852 and was first called Brackett (as it is today by residents).

    In 1875 when the town was granted a post office - the postal authorities assigned the ville to avoid confusion with another Brackett, Texas.

    When Kinney County came into being in 1876, Brackettville became the county seat. The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway was heading toward Del Rio and bypassed Brackettville. This would've killed any other town, but Brackettville had Ft. Clark for economic security. Spofford was the town who benefited from the railroad.

    As Fort Clark's population increased, so did the standard of living in Brackettville.

    A local quarry supplied limestone blocks for the building of permanent structures.

    The years of 1878-1882 were particularly prosperous, although there was a flood in 1880 (and other in 1899). Although the railroad bypassed Brackettville, there was daily stagecoach service to Spofford - 10 miles South.

    In 1896 the town had a population of 1,000 which doubled by 1926. A good part of the Brackettville population has historically been made up of the Seminole Indian Scouts. This is a group descended from an original 150 Black and Seminole Indians who were employed by the U.S. Army to scout around the border.

    The town of Brackettville has a surprising amount of shade - especially along Hackberry Creek.

    Brackettville Chronicles - More History >

    Brackettville Landmarks/Attractions

  • Kinney County Courthouse next page
  • Kinney County Jail next page
  • Ft. Clark Springs next page
    The former military installation was established in 1852, deactivated in 1947.
    Old Guardhouse Museum
    : Open Saturday and Sunday 1-4.
  • The Kinney County Museum
  • The Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery: Just west of town on FM 693 and then South. Follow the signs.
  • Alamo Village next page
    The replica that people prefer over the original. North of Brackettville
  • Scenic Drive: FM 674 North to Rocksprings
  • Kickapoo Cavern State Park next page
    Approximately 22 miles north of Brackettville

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  • Kinney County Museum
    The Kinney County Museum
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    Fort Clark Spring
    The pool at Fort Clark (Las Moras Springs)
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    Fort Clark Texas Post Theater
    The Post Theatre in Fort Clark
    TE photo
    Masonic Lodge, Brackettville Texas
    The Masonic Lodge standing near the courthouse has also served as the Kinney County Courthouse.
    TE photo, March 2002
    Brackettville limestone house
    A Brackettville limestone house
    TE photo

    Brackettville Chronicles

  • Drought and Skeleton by Mike Cox
    Skeleton in Brackettville...
  • The Whirlwind Lt. John Lapham Bullis and the Seminole Negro Scouts by C. F. Eckhardt
    "One of the least-known heroes of the Texas frontier was a man known to his followers as The Whirlwind and to his enemies as The Thunderbolt..... John Bullis didn't do it all alone. He had a lot of help. The help, mostly, was the Seminole Negro scouts. What became of them?..."
  • Johanna Domodora of South Texas by Linda-Kirkpatrick
    Out of the PWA the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was born. Thanks to the WPA and the monies paid to writers, we now have a collection of interviews of people whose stories would have been lost in history. Florence Angermiller's interview with Johanna July of Brackettville, Texas is a story that I have read over and over...
  • Army Booze by Mike Cox (From "Texas Tales" Column)
    "Living amid the skyscraper canyons of New York City in the waning days of Prohibition, Lt. Col. Jasper Ewing Brady Sr. reflected on his days as a young enlisted man on the Texas border..."
  • Old colorful doorway, South Texas architecture
    A doorway in Brackettville
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