Details for Site of Nockenut (Atlas Number 5493012382)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5493012382


Marker Number 12382
Atlas Number 5493012382
Marker Title Site of Nockenut
Index Entry Nockenut, Site of
City Nixon vicinity
County Wilson
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes Polish immigrants/immigration; German immigrants/immigration; ghost towns
Marker Year 2001
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location 9 miles northeast of Nixon on FM 1681
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The community of Nockenut began in 1857, when a number of German and Polish immigrants settled in this area. Originally located in Guadalupe County, it became part of Wilson County after a boundary change in 1869. A post office opened in 1858, and by 1890 Nockenut was a thriving village with a population of 80. At its height, the town boasted homes, stores, a school, a church, a wagon yard, a cotton gin, and a cemetery. The origin of the town's name is the subject of several oral history accounts, most of which refer to variations on names of local trees. Nockenut began to decline after the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad bypassed it in 1906. By the end of the 20th century, the cemetery was the last physical reminder of the community. (2001) Supplemental plate: This marker is dedicated in memory of M. Alley and family by great-grandson Nelson Parkhill.