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KING, TEXAS

Coryell County, Central Texas North

On Cowhouse Creek and FM 1783
About 12 Miles SW of Gatesville the county seat
E of Goldthwaite
SE of Hamilton
NE of Lampasas
Population: 25 est. (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Before the town applied for a post office, it had been named Stringtown for the arrangement of homes along Cowhouse Creek. The postal authorities rejected the first name as somewhat frivolous and not keeping with the decorum of the service. When forced to come up with a new name, they submitted the name of local storekeeper Henry King who, by virtue of his ownership, also became postmaster.

In the 1880s things looked good for King, with a cotton gin and gristmill in operation, a school for the children and not one church but three. The population was a respectable 80 residents. King peaked in the 1890s with 100 residents where it remained for decades. Finally, in 1940 when the U.S. population moved from rural to urban, King's population shrank 75%. The post office closed its doors in 1953 and the population has been given as 25 from one census to the next - as late as 2000.

King, Texas Chronicles

From Comanche Raids in Coryell County by Mike Cox
"Mrs. W.W. Robinson remembered a time when she was a little girl that she and her father just missed a run-in with Comanches. During the week, she and her brother John stayed at her uncle Andy Bone’s place on Cowhouse Creek so they could attend a one-room school at King. One Friday, her father Eli Williamson (whether he was related to the late Steven Williamson was not mentioned in the book) came to pick them up for the weekend. Her brother rode his own horse while she sat behind her father on his horse. Not far from their home on Beehouse Creek, her father spotted a group of Indians before the Indians saw them.

Yelling for his daughter to hang on, Williamson wheeled his horse and galloped off in the opposite direction. They made it home safely, but it was a scare she never forgot."
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TX Coryell County 1907 Postal Map

Coryell County 1907 Postal Map showing King SW of Gatesville, and Cowhouse Creek
Courtesy Texas General Land Office


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King, Texas Nearby Towns:
Gatesville the county seat
Lampasas
Goldthwaite
Hamilton
See Coryell County | Central Texas North

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