TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
 
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Atascosa County TX
Atascosa County


Texas Towns
A - Z
Hotels

CAMPBELLTON, TEXAS

Atascosa County, South Texas

2844'51"N 9818'09"W (28.7474820, -98.3025108)
Highway 281A and FM 1099
On the Atascosa River
20 miles S of Pleasanton
25 miles SE of Jourdanton the county seat
54 miles S of San Antonio
26 miles N of Three Rivers
Population: 350 Est. (2000) 482 (1990)

Book Hotel Here › Jourdanton Hotels

Campbellton TX - John Campbell Ranch 1886 photo
John Campbell Ranch
September 1886 photo courtesy Malcolm Jacob Collection
Click on photo for large image

History in a Pecan Shell

John Campbell left Ireland in 1855 with the purpose of starting a ranch in Texas. He became the first postmaster for the people he convinced to make the trip with him and of course he ran the first store as well. But he also held church services in his home and started the first school.

In 1890, they had a population of 30, with 3 churches to hold services for them. This population actually dropped for awhile, but was regained by 1914. With the arrival of the railroad in 1912 (The San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf), the town changed from a ranching community to a ranching community with a railroad.
Campbellton TX - H. H. Graham's Saddle & Harness Maker, 1886 photo

1880s photo courtesy Malcolm Jacob Collection
Click on photo for large image

Campbellton TX - City Limit Population sign
Campbellton City Limit
POP. 482

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Campbellton Tx Church
Campbellton Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
More Texas Churches
Campbellton TX Cafe Beer old neon sign
Cafe Beer old neon sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
More Old Neon
Campbellton Tx Closed Shop
Campbellton closed business
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Campbellton Tx closed store
Campbellton old post office?
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
More Texas Post Offices
CampbelltonTx Overgrown House
An overgrown house in Campbellton
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Campbellton Tx Private Water Tank
A private water tank
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

Campbellton, Texas Forum

Subject: Campbellton, TX
Dear Texas Escapes, First let me say, "Good Job"!!! I really enjoy your website!!! Next, I am writing to give you a little extra info on this little town in Texas, Campbellton.

In 1833, my great great great grandfather, Thomas Henesey, came to Texas from Ireland. He was granted a Spanish Land Grant in the McGloin & McMullen Colony in the area of Campbellton, in fact, if you look on a plat map of the county you will see the town of Campbellton was completely inside his land and his name is still on the records today. The story goes that due to the Texas War for Independence he was unable to claim his land grant around and encompassing Campbellton so he petitioned the government of Texas for another land grant after the war which is validated per letters I found in the Texas State Archives. My grandfather had settled in the Powers Colony after the war. It was not until 1853 that his petition for a headright land grant was finalized and he was awarded his land but in Calhoun County, where his name is also on the county plat map. Sad thing is that by the time the process was finished and it was granted to him he was deceased. His death took place around 1850 as best I can tell from documents and records.

His younger brother, Walter Henesey, came with him from Ireland but died in the War for Independence from Mexico. My great great great grandfather only had one child, a son, Thomas Hennesey, from which my lineage springs. I have been amazed at what I have learned about my family in my research in the last five years. It has been so very exciting. Thanks again for all your hard work. - Warmest Regards, Angela Warren Orlando, February 18, 2007
Atascosa County TX 1940s Map
1940s Atascosa County map showing Campbellton, Atascosa River, and The San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Take a road trip

Campbellton, Texas Nearby Towns:
Jourdanton the county seat
Pleasanton
San Antonio
Three Rivers
See Atascosa County | South Texas

Book Hotel Here:
Jourdanton Hotels | More Hotels
Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Cotton Gins
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Cotton
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved