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TRICKHAM, TEXAS

The Oldest Town in Coleman County

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Coleman County, Texas Hill Country / Texas Panhandle

12 miles SE of Santa Anna on Ranch Road 1176
Population: 12 (1990, 2000)

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Trickham Cemetery, Texas
Trickham Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-04
History in a Pecan Shell

If you believe the story about how Trickham got it's name, then this town was a pioneer in "truth in advertising."

Store owner Bill Franks (never trust a man with two first names) used to sell whiskey to cowboys that was actually water from Mukewater Creek. This was before the concept of repeat customers evolved. Mr. Franks was also the one who applied for the Post Office (established 1879) and so his request was for Trickham (Trick 'em). Humor along the lines of Dewey, Cheatham and Howe Attorneys at Law.

Tyro, Texas (also Coleman Co.) probably heard the story and when their post office shut down in 1881 and they needed a name for it to reopen in 1884 they submitted Novice because of the store owner's inexperience.

The Historical Marker states that the town was a "trading post for ranching activities of Cattle Baron John Chisum."

Through the years, Trickham has had good times and bad, and the population has risen and fallen accordingly. The 1970s were particularly bad, for that was the decade Trickham lost their gas station, general store and post office. The reported population was 12 in 1970 and that's where it remains today.

There might be some health benefits from that water from Mukewater Creek after all. Then the joke would be on Mr. Franks.

Trickham Chronicles

  • Trick ‘Em and Skin ‘Em by Clay Coppedge
    The old community of Trickham was the first community in Coleman County to be settled, though today it might be hard for an outside observer to understand why. The U.S. Army chose the patch of land on Mukewater Creek as the site of Camp Colorado in the 1850s but the camp lasted less than a year at that location.

    This can be rough country even today, but in the 1850s it was a savage country... more
  • Trickham Texas Historical marker
    Trickham Marker
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-04
    Trickham Texas Marker
    Marker close-up
    Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007
    Trickham Texas Pioneers marker
    Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007
    Comanche ambush victim's crupt
    Crypt of early victims of a Comanche ambush
    Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007
    Trickham School Texas
    Former Trickham School, now a community center
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-04
    Trickham Union Church
    Trickham Union Church
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-04
    Photographer's Notes:

  • Subject: Trickham Union Church
    "Don't know that we have ever seen a Church quite like the Trickham Union Church.

    Baptist Church on First & Third Sundays
    Methodist Church on Second & Fourth Sundays
    Union Church Sunday School Every Sunday"
    - Jim & Lou Kinsey, September 25, 2004

  • Subject: Trickham, TX
    These are photos of the former town of Trickham, Coleman Co, Texas. My GG grandfather lived and worked around here in the late 1800's. Photos include the historical signs (painted on rocks) and graves of early victims of a Comanche ambush. - Bruce D. White, April 12, 2007

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