on a Pecan Shell|
Nockenut dates from 1857 when Polish immigration
was spreading out from Panna
Maria and other Karnes County towns. There was also the occasional stray German
family. The post office opened in 1858. The town had originally been in Guadalupe
County, but there was a boundary change in 1869 and it became part of Wilson County
where it has happily resided ever since.
The name Hastings was dominate
in Nockenut. E. E. Hasting operated the general store, A. G. Hastings brought
the mail from Seguin, and
H. S. Hastings was postmaster. The town was approaching a population of 100 when
the railroad came through and drew people and businesses away.
what demographers call a dispersed rural community as early as the 1930s.
See Nockenut neighboring ghost towns: Albuquerque
and Union Valley.
County TX 1907 Postal Map Showing Nockenut|
near Wilson/Goliad County lines.
Texas General Land Office
Dear Editor, I read your story on Union Valley
where it said the population was zero. However, at the time I was there, about
ten years ago, there were still people living in the town. There may still be.
It was not a large population, but still had a few. Nockenut is nothing
but a cemetery now as is (I think) Mound Creek where John Wesley Hardin's wife
Jane is buried. There is no longer a highway sign pointing the way to Mound Creek,
in Guadalupe County or several other places. I guess that makes them officially
ghosts. - Hilda Hilpert, October 31, 2007
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