One mile east of US 87 on FM 1222 in the northern part of Mason County
Katemcy is located one mile east of
According to tradition, the first know settler in the area was a man named Burnett. He drove a herd of several hundred hogs to the area around Katemcy Creek to feed on the plentiful acorns and pecans. Beginning around 1874, Anglo-American pioneers began settling along the creek and the town was fairly well established by 1880.
Dr. William Flemon Cowan and his wife, Mary Ann, established a farm at Devils Spring and provided medical services to settlers in the area. John, Elias, and Alfred Cowan built a sawmill, gristmill, and cotton gin on the east bank of the Kamency Creek.
Between 1900 and 1910 a number of people were drawn to the
area by cheap land and plentiful water. By 1920 Katemcy had become a prosperous
community on the highway between
Alfred Cowan operated a store and became the first postmaster in 1884. As postmaster, he had the privilege of naming the town, and he suggested the name “Hammerville” because of all the building going on at the time in the area. However, the government decided that there were already too many towns with names ending in “ville” and so the town was named Katemcy.
Lawson Jones, a Baptist minister, gave land to build a
school in 1883. The school was originally called
When a public school was built in the area, the building was
no longer needed for the school, and it became the
The Great Western Trail passed through the area and, like Hedwigs Hill and Koocksville, Katemcy was an important stopping point. Remains of some of the original rock pens and watering troughs along the Great Western Trail still exist on the Katemcy Ranch today.
Katemcy began to decline in 1925, possibly because of the increased use of tractors in farming, and the reduced need for tenant farmers. Presently the town has a post office, scattered dwellings, and the Katemcy Community Club, located in the old Methodist church building.
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Texas Escapes.com, Katemcy
On the Trail, http://elderbobonthetrail.blogspot.com/2004/09/katemcy-ranch.html
FortTours.com, Mason County Historical
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. " Katemcy