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UNION VALLEY, TEXAS
aka Union, Texas

Texas Ghost Town
Wilson County, South Texas

Where southside of FM 1681 intersects with County Road 449
22 miles NE of Floresville the county seat
2 miles S of Albuquerque
35 miles SW of Gonzales
About 6 miles NW of Nixon
About 56 miles E of San Antonio
Population: 22 Est.(2000, 1990)

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Union Valley Texas historical marker
Site of Old Town of Union Valley historical marker
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

Union Valley is linked with its neighbors of Nockenut and Albuquerque, not only for all three being ghost towns, but their similar locations – since all three ran alongside the Wilson / Gonzales County Line. It has been said that on clear nights, the lights of the other two towns could be seen from the third.

Contributor Sarah Reveley, has sent in a clipping from the August 5th, 1978 San Antonio Express News, telling of a visit to the three sites by local historians. Facts from the newspaper article and Ms. Reveley’s photos have made it possible to include Union Valley in our town pages.

In the Express-News article written by George Carmack, the men who took the trip were Roy Sylvan Dunn and W.T. Connally, cousin to the former Texas Governor accompanied by other local historians.

Dunn had written a 1951 article in the Southwestern Quarterly called “Life and Times in Albuquerque, Texas” which included facts on Union Valley.

Connally, himself was born in the building that housed the local school (ground floor) and the Masonic Lodge above. His family was waiting for their home to be built when his mother went into labor and he was born in the classroom.

Since the families and histories are interwoven, we recommend reading the histories of all three towns. (See Nockenut and Albuquerque.)

The Union Valley historical marker is in old Albuquerque on private property and not accessible to the public.

Albuquerque Texas and Union Valley Texas Historical Markers
Albuquerque and Union Valley historical markers
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2007

Union Valley Cemetery

Union Valley Cemetery is about 5 miles NW of Nixon on FM 1681, near Union Valley and Albuquerque townsites.
Union Valley Cemetery Texas
Union Valley Cemetery sign
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2007
CSA Milton Brice tombstone Union Valley Cemetery Texas
Sarah Treadwell tombstone Union Valley Cemetery Texas
King Holstein tombstone Union Valley Cemetery Texas
Tombstones inUnion Valley Cemetery
Photos courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2007
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Windchimes in Union Valley Texas
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2007

Union Valley Texas Forum

Subject: Union Valley,Texas
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, Sweet Home in Guadalupe County or several other places. I guess that makes them officially ghosts. - Hilda Hilpert, October 31, 2007
TX Wilson  County 1907 Postal Map
Wilson County 1907 postal map showing Union and
nearby Nockenut, NW of Floresville
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Union Valley, Texas Nearby Towns:
Floresville the county seat
Gonzales | San Antonio
See Wilson County | Gonzales County | Guadalupe County
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