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OXFORD, TEXAS
AKA "Cat Town"

Texas Ghost Town
Llano County, Texas Hill Country

Hwy 16
10 miles South of Llano the county seat
N of Frederickburg
Population: 0

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

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
TE photo
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.
Horses in Oxford Texas hill country between LLano and Fredericksburg
Horses on Hwy 16 in Oxford
TE photo, 2006
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 - foundation ruins
Foundation ruins
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, April 2018
Oxford TX - Closed gas station
Closed Gas Station in Oxford
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, April 2018
More Texas Gas Stations
Oxford TX - Cactus on rock
"A little cactus clings to rock on the highway near Oxford."
- William Beauchamp, June 2011 photo

Oxford TX - Llano County  Oxford Cemetery Historical Marker
Oxford Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
Oxford TX - Llano County  Oxford Cemetery, Gravestone of AJ Johnson and Wife
Gravestone of A.J. Johnson (founder of Oxford, Texas) and Wife
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, April 2018
See Oxford Cemetery

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, 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

Oxford, TX, Llano County, post office info & 1882 postmark
Oxford, TX, Llano County,  1882 postmark
Cover canceled with Oxford, TX 1882 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

TX Llano County 1920s Map
Llano County 1920s map showing Oxford
near Gillespie County line
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Oxford, Texas Area Destinations:
Llano the county seat
Frederickburg
Johnson City
Burnet
Austin
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