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OXFORD, TEXAS
AKA "Cat Town"

Texas Ghost Town
Llano County, Texas Hill Country

Hwy 16,
10 miles South of Llano
N of Frederickburg
Population: 0

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Oxford TX Oxford Cemetery Sign
Oxford Cemetery
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011

History in a Pecan Shell

The area was first settled in the mid-1850s and was home to the Bedford Academy, which received students from anywhere within riding distance.

A.J. Johnson laid out the town of Oxford around 1880, naming it for his hometown in Mississippi. A post office was opened that same year and the town was surveyed.

The cemetery was built in 1881 and a sign marks the date the way some businesses do:

Oxford Cemetery
"Since 1881"

The town prospered for a short time - attaining a population of around 300 by the mid-1890s. The jobs in and around Llano along with improved roads drained the population. There's nothing left of a town center today.

The Moss Family who had substantial land holdings in southern Llano County are interred here, as is the town's founder - the previously mentioned A. J. Johnson.
3 obelisks in Oxford Cemetery
Three Obelisks in the Moss family plot.
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Oxford has never been written about without mentioning its nickname of Cat Town. This name is derived from an incident where a cat was thrown into a large pot of coffee at a dance. It must be remembered that entertainment was hard to come by in the 19th century.

The cat may have cursed the town for Oxford started its decline before it even reached a high point. By the early 1900s it lost population and the post office closed in 1924.

The pages of Oxford's history from 1924 until 1968 are blank, and the only entry for 1968 was that the population had dropped to a mere 33 inhabitants. This figure stood until the late 1980s when they stopped counting.

Oxford, Texas Stories
The Lost Spanish Mine by Michael Barr

"For centuries the legend of the Lost Spanish Mine has lured fortune hunters into the Texas Hill Country. That legend began on a hill south of Llano....

The hill of red ochre that started it all is about five miles east of Oxford Cemetery."

Oxford TX Oxford Cemetery Historical Marker
Oxford Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
Historical Marker Text

Oxford Cemetery

The Oxford community was founded in 1880 when Confederate veteran A. J. Johnson came to Llano County and laid out the townsite. In 1881, a burial ground was established near this site for the use of the families of Oxford. Burials date from 1883, although some of the graves that were moved from a neighboring cemetery bear earlier death dates. Among those interred there are the town's founder, A. J. Johnson (1832-1924), who captained the Packsaddle Mountain fight, an 1873 battle that drove raiding Indians out of Llano County.
(1985)
Oxford Cemetery
Oxford cemetery tombstones
Oxford Cemetery Tombstones
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Oxford TX Oxford Cemetery
Oxford Cemetery
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
More Texas Cemeteries
Oxford TX - Oatman Creek Baptist Church
"The Oatman Creek Baptist Church went into private hands in 2004 after the last service was held. The church is pretty much across the highway from the cemetery."
- William Beauchamp, June 2011 photo
Oxford TX - Oatman Creek Baptist Church gate
Baptist Church Gate
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
More Texas Churches
Oxford TX - Old Log Barn Hidden
"Found this little barn off a county road close by. Many of the old log out buildings are hidden by tin now."
- William Beauchamp, June 2011 photo
Oxford TX - Early Water Well
"This old well was a rare sight, retired now but probably a workout for someone to fill the water trough."
- William Beauchamp, June 2011 photo
Oxford TX - Cactus on rock
"A little cactus clings to rock on the highway near Oxford."
- William Beauchamp, June 2011 photo
Oxford, Texas Forum
"I havn't been able to research how or why this happened, but inside the Oxford cemetery there are the graves of twins: Lola and Ida Maupin. [ Being twins they ] were naturally born on the same day (November 1, 1891), but they also died on the same day (November 7, 1898). I just thought you should know. I visited the cemetery at night and it is truly a creepy place." - Will Creedle

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