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The Oldest Town in Coleman County

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Coleman County, Texas Hill Country / Texas Panhandle

On Ranch Road 1176
12 miles SE of Santa Anna
20 miles SE of Coleman the county seat
SE of Brownwood
Population: 12 est. (1990, 2000, 2010)

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Texas - Trickham School
Former Trickham School, now a community center
Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

If you believe the story about how Trickham got its 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 TX historical marker
Trickham historical marker
On RR 1176, near Trickham Community Center
Photo Courtesy Dustin Martin, May 2017

Historical Marker:

Town of Trickham

Oldest town in county; founded about 1855 as a cowboy trading post for ranching activities of cattle baron John Chisum. During 1860-1890, it was a boisterous community at a crossroads of cattle trails. Because of notorious jokes played at local general store, "Trick'em" was suggested for name of post office here.

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.....

    .... Chisum never lived at Trickham. His ranchís headquarters were on Home Creek a few miles away. He sold the store in 1874 to L.L. Shield who added on to Chisumís original store and turned it into a true community store for a growing population.

    By 1884, the town had 75 people, a hotel, two cotton gins, two churches, a blacksmith and a school. Trickham flourished as a thriving agricultural community in the early 20th century as most of the farmers grew substantial amounts of cotton. More than 60 students attended the two-story schoolhouse at one time but the good times didnít last for long. Railroads bypassed the town and the town faded away. The store didnít last but the stories have...." more

  • Trickham Cemetery, Texas
    Trickham Cemetery
    RR 1176
    Established c. 1870s
    Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004

    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-04

    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

    Photographer's Note:

    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

    Comanche ambush victim's crupt
    Crypt of early victims of a Comanche ambush
    Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007

    Comanche ambush victim's crupt
    Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007

    Comanche ambush victim's crupt
    Photo courtesy Bruce White, April 2007

    Coleman County Trickham TX Pioneers' Graves
    Photo Courtesy Dustin Martin, May 2017

    Coleman County Trickham TX Pioneers' Graves
    Photo Courtesy Dustin Martin, May 2017

    Coleman County Trickham TX Pioneers W.P. Williams Marker
    Pioneers Mr. and Mrs. W. P.Williams historical marker
    On RR 1176, near Trickham Community Center

    Photo Courtesy Dustin Martin, May 2017

    Historical Marker:

    Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Williams

    William Patrick Williams (ca. 1818-1898) and his wife Elizabeth (Boles) (ca. 1822-1899) migrated to Texas from Mississippi during the Civil War. After a brief stay in Cherokee County, they settled in this area, arriving by wagon train. Their nearby homestead became the nucleus of the neighboring rural settlement, the site of an early school they helped establish. The Williamses and their six children survived many hardships, including Indian raids and a smallpox epidemic. William, often called "Mukewater Bill" for a stream near his home, was a pioneer area leader. (1981)

    Trickham School Texas
    Another view of Trickham community center,
    former Trickham School
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-04
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    Trickham Union Church
    Trickham Union Church
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-04
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    Photographer's Note:

    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

    Trickham TX 1971 Post Office & Postmaster
    Trickham Rural Station and Postmaster
    1971 Photo courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

    Trickham TX, Coleman County,   Post Office info
    Trickham TX  1905 canceled postmark
    Cover canceled with Trickam, TX 1905 postmark
    Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

    Hanging on to the Post Office, Trickham TX
    by John J. Germann

    Coleman County Trickham TX flat bed truck
    A flat bed truck
    Photo Courtesy Dustin Martin, May 2017

    Coleman, TX 1907 postal map
    1907 Coleman County postal Map showing Trickman near Brown County line, SW of Coleman and Santa Anna
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Santa Anna

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