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JAPONICA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Kerr County, Texas Hill Country

Exact directions of the former town unavailable
The Japonica / Hunt Cemetery is on FM 1340,
off Highway 39 from Hunt
W of Kerrville
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

A rather fanciful name for a frontier Texas town, the community of Japonica was settled sometime before 1890 when it was granted a post office. In botanical circles, Japonica refers to plant species that originated in Japan. That office remained in operation, even though many residents had moved to the community of Hunt (which had a post office of its own). Japonica faded as Hunt grew. The post office closed in 1918.

Japonica Hunt Cemetery historical marker at 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 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 1907 Postal Map
Kerr County 1907 Postal Map showing Japonica
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Kerr County TX 1920s Map
1920s Kerr County Map showing both Japonica and Hunt
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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