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    HUNT, TEXAS

    Kerr County, Texas Hill Country
    Interstate 10 at Junction of N and S Forks of the Guadalupe River
    About 12 Miles W of Kerrville

    Population: 00708 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    In the 1850s Kerrville was considered too crowded for some people. Some of “those people” looked west for greener pastures.

    In 1880 there were enough settlers to warrant a post office and that year one was granted in Japonica, a few miles N of present-day Hunt.
    In 1913 a second post office open, named for R.F. Hunt – on whose land the store / post office sat.

    Hunt is a hub for many summer camps and vacation homes and has been since the 1920s. The river is a major draw. From a population estimated to be 700 in the mid 1970s, it swelled to 708 for the 1990 census – remaining the same for the 2000 count.

    Japonica Hunt Cemetery

    The Japonica / Hunt Cemetery is on FM 1340.
    From Ingram, take Highway 39 to Hunt, turning right on FM 1340. The cemetery is about one mile on the right hand side.

    A historical marker gives a brief history of the cemetery.
    "The oldest legible tombstone in this cemetery is that of George T. Henry. It is dated 1872, sixteen years after the formal organization of Kerr county. The graveyard is located between the town of Hunt and the early community of Japonica. It has been used for the burial of many area pioneers and their descendants, and contains a large number of unmarked graves. Although inundated by floodwaters on several occasions, the Hunt Japonica cemetery remains in use as an important part of Kerr county's recorded history."

    Kerr County TX 1920s Map
    1920s Kerr County Map showing Japonica and Hunt
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Kerr County TX 1907 Postal Map
    Kerr County 1907 Postal Map showing Japonica.
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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