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Lick Skillet

by Bob Bowman
Bob Bowman

Lick Skillet is a name that courses through the history of rural East Texas. For more than a hundred years or so, it has been attached to communities, creeks, roads and anything else where people have a sense of humor.

The name supposedly came about when newcomers arrived late for a community dinner and found that all of the food had been consumed, leading someone to admonish them to “lick the skillet.”

You’ll find a road named Lick Skillet running through a couple of East Texas counties and there’s a story that Bethany, which sits on the Texas-Louisiana line southwest of Shreveport, was once called Lick Skillet. In fact, the town still has a “Lick Skillet Store.”

Before Crosby in Harris County was called Crosby, its nickname was Lick Skillet. It was later renamed for a man who helped bring about the construction of the railroad through Lick Skillet in 1860.

In Fayettte County, another Lick Skillet was also known as Alexander’s Voting Place and Wade’s Post Office. The town was later called Fayetteville and the town still has a festival known as “Old Lick Skillet Days.”

You will also find a Lick Skillet at the intersection of Highways 143 and 62 in Arkansas.

In Boulder, Colorado, you can take home baked goods at the Lick Skillet Bakery, shoot wild game with the Lick Skillet Hunt Club in the Midwest, and buy seeds at the Lick Skillet Seed Company in another part of the country.

A rock band also calls itself the Lick Skillet and a pathway near Guntersville, Alabama, is known as the Lick Skillet Trail.

You’ll also find a Lick Skillet Road near Biloxi, Miss. And North Vernon, Indiana, was also once known as Lick Skillet.

The name of Lick Skillet was also present in Mississippi, Virginia, California, and other states and communities.

And finally, on the internet you’ll find a cartoon, “The Gentlemen from Lick Skillet.”

But we haven’t learned of any kids named Lick skillet. If they were, they probably changed their name as quickly as possible.

Bob Bowman's East Texas
August 9, 2009 Column.
A weekly column syndicated in 109 East Texas newspapers

(Bob Bowman is the author of more than 40 books about East Texas. He can be reached at bob-bowman.com)

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