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KICKAPOO, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Edwards County, Texas Hill Country
Once near the historical markers on FM 674
About 28 Miles SW of Rocksprings

Population: 0

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Henze Kickapoo TX - Highway View
Henze/Kickapoo Settlement Highway View
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2012

In searching for the Edwards County town of Henze, which was just a name on an old map, we published a plea to the world at large for information of this nearly-forgotten place. Strangely enough, we received information “in-house” since frequent contributor Will Beauchamp has relatives in the area and visited Edwards County not long ago. Ed.

History in a Pecan Shell

Although Henze is not mentioned in the text of the historical markers shown, it had to have been woven into the local historical tapestry. The Thurman Ranch, Kickapoo school and Henze are interrelated.

Mr. Beauchamp writes that the information (other than the markers) he obtained was from both local residents and a small volume of history published by the Rocksprings Women’s Club around 1980.

Springs that bubbled to the surface here made it a popular site with the nomadic Kickapoo Indians, hence the name of Kickapoo for the school.

After settlers arrived, they too used the springs and built the school for their children. Jerry Roberts Ellis has stated that in addition to Henze and Kickapoo, there was also a community of Ellis. Mr. Ellis added that at least one member of the Ellis family taught at the school, which is said to have been of log construction. The school had been not far from the present-day location of the
historical markers.

Photographer's Note:

"The town or community of
Henze and the Early Kickapoo Settlement are very much intertwined. The historical markers on FM Road 674 make no mention of the site Henze.

One of the Ellis family members whose ancestor taught at the Kickapoo School said the early school was a log cabin located not too far from the Historical Markers." -
William Beauchamp

Kackapoo Settlement TX - Thurman School
Kickapoo Area School—referred to as "Thurman School" on Bill Thurman Ranch, 1906
Submitted by William Beauchamp
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More photos courtesy The Rocksprings Woman's Club
From their book "The History of Edwards County"
Submitted by William Beauchamp
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  • Kickapoo Settlement 1882 - Page 1
  • Kickapoo Settlement 1882 - Page 2
  • Kickapoo Settlement 1882 - Page 3
  • Edwards County, TX - Site of Ranch of the Thurmans of Kickapoo historical marker
    Site of Ranch of the Thurmans of Kickapoo
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2012
    Edwards County, TX -  Thurman Cemetery Historical Marker

    Thurman Cemetery Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2012
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    Edwards County TX 1920s Map
    Edwards County 1920s Map showing Henze
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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