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    KARNACK, TEXAS

    Harrison County, East Texas
    FM 134 and FM 449 Near Caddo Lake
    5 miles S of Uncertain
    16 miles NE of Marshall

    Population: Est. 775 (2000)

    Lady Bird Johnson's childhood home -
    Southwest of Karnack (2 miles) on Highway 43

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    Karnack Texas
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The exotic name is said to have derived from a comparison of distances. Karnack's distance from Port Caddo (Republic of Texas port of entry) was said to be exactly the same as the distance between the Egyptian cities of Karnak and Thebes.

    In the late 1890s the community was becoming known for shipping cotton. A Karnack post office opened in 1898 and oilfields around Caddo Lake began producing eight years later.

    Karnack's population in 1915 was 100 (no figures available on the population of Karnack, Egypt). A general store, gristmill and cotton gin were in operation at that time.

    By 1927 the population had quadrupled to 400 and peaked at 850 in the early 1940s.
    Karnack Texas
    Entering Karnack
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey

    Karnack Texas Topics of Interest:

  • Lady Bird Johnson's Childhood Home -
    Southwest of Karnack (2 miles) on Highway 43

  • Oonie Andrews, the ghost who lives in Lady Bird Johnson's family home at Karnack

    She is as much a part of the old mansion that Jett Jones, who grew up with Oonie, simply considers her "a lady who lives in the house that nobody else can see."

    In 1843, Milt Andrews built a splendid plantation-style mansion near Karnack. Sometime in the l880s, Andrews' 19-year-old daughter, Eunice, sat alone in an upstairs bedroom when bolt of lightning from a stormstruck the chimney, raced down a fireplace, and hit Oonie. She was burned to death.

    Over the years, stories arose that the ghost of Miss Andrews never left the bedroom. Eerie noises, odd happenings, and ghostly apparitions soon became common. When the Andrews family sold the house to T.J. Taylor -- Lady Bird Johnson's father -- in 1902, the ghost went along with the sale. While Lady Bird said she never saw or heard the ghost, she admitted feeling a sense of apprehension and unease in the house as a child. - From Ghosts in East Texas by Bob Bowman


  • Uncertain, Texas, Caddo Lake and Cypress Trees by N. Ray Maxie
    Just a mile or more east of Jefferson in far northeast Texas and only a stones throw north of Karnack, is the great mysterious Caddo Lake... more

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  • Texas - Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant / Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
    Photo courtesy Maryanne Gobble, 2010
    Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant
    Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
    Karnack TX Bwana Disco  old piano
    Photo courtesy Maryanne Gobble, December 2010
    Bwana Disco
    Karnack Texas
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey
    Karnack Texas
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey
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