Helena

Helena (HM2FTT)

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N 28° 57.037', W 97° 49.214'

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Founded in 1852 on San Antonio River by Thomas Ruckman, a graduate of Princeton, and Lewis Owings, later first Governor of Arizona Territory. Town was named in honor of Owings' wife, Helen.

Situated on branch of famed Chihuahua Trail (running from Indianola to San Antonio to Northern Mexico), Helena was to experience quick growth. Much traffic of wagon freight and gold bullion traveled trail. Four-horse stages daily passed through town.

Helena was designated county seat when Karnes County was created and organized in 1854. First election of county officials was held on gallery of Ruckman-Owings Store.

During Civil War, Karnes County mustered six companies, including Helena Guards, for service. Helena was a Confederate post office and issued its own stamps. Much Confederate cotton destined for Mexican ports passed through Helena.

During its heyday, Helena had a courthouse, jail, newspaper, academy, drugstore, blacksmith shop, two hotels, and several saloons and general stores.

Bypassed by the S.A. & A.P. Railroad in 1886, town died. County seat was moved to Karnes City in 1894 after hotly contested election.
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HM NumberHM2FTT
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Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 11:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 614968 N 3203087
Decimal Degrees28.95061667, -97.82023333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 57.037', W 97° 49.214'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 57' 2.2199999999999" N, 97° 49' 12.84" W
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