CLIMATE: Hot summers, mild wintersr
BEST TIME TO VISIT:Autumn, just under unbearable in the summer
Take state road 1176 outside
of Brownwood (about 1/2 hour), or drive south from Bangs. This
is heart-o'Texas country, rolling hills, elevation about 1350ft.,
population 12. About 2.5 hours from either Ft.Worth or Austin..
REMAINS: Church, old schoolhouse, cemetery, 4 houses.
Trickham was originally a saloon stop
over on one of John Chilsolm's cattle trails. Established in
the early 1860's under the name Muke Water from the local creek,
it was renamed "Trick'em" after the one-room frame
store/saloon where the local proprietor, Bill Franks, would get
the cowboys drunk and trick'em out of their money. There was
an army post nearby to protect the settlers from the Comanches,
who killed at least six of them earlier. The Post Office refused
to register the name and offered the more polite English Trickham
as a substitute. Of course, in central Texas they sound the same.
The Post Office was active from April 16, 1879 until July 31,
1958. The first and oldest rural schoolhouse in Coleman County
still stands, and is used as a rural senior citizens center.
Trickham was known for its barbershop quartets, and had one of
the first electric co-ops in the state. There is much natural
gas, but little oil there, though the first well was found in
1915. See The Texas Handbook for more details.
Submitted by: Joe Bailey Cole
The white stones that outline the history of Trickham that are shown in your pictures are still there, however they are now very much warn and you must take a closer look to make out some of the words. The paint is deteriorating leaving more of the stone showing making it harder to read and some of the letters missing.