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
A local quarry supplied limestone blocks for the building of permanent
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.
- More History >
County Courthouse next page
County Jail next page
Clark Springs next page
The former military installation was established in 1852, deactivated
Old Guardhouse Museum: Open Saturday and Sunday 1-4.
Indian Scout Cemetery: Just west of town on FM 693 and then
South. Follow the signs.
FM 674 North to Rocksprings
Cavern State Park next page
Approximately 22 miles north of Brackettville
Kinney County Museum
pool at Fort Clark (Las Moras Springs)
Post Theatre in Fort Clark
Brackettville limestone house
and Skeleton by Mike Cox
Skeleton in Brackettville...
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?..."
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...
Booze by Mike Cox ("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..."
Clark Barely Misses Being Start of Civil War by Mike Cox
doorway in Brackettville
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