At first I thought the upcoming road was just that, a road called Kentucky Town. The sign didn’t include a population like most do as you enter into the city/town/village limits. And I’ve been through towns where populations are as low as 100-something. But as I passed by, a big church sign is situated on the corner of the 11 and Kentucky Town Road. I turned around and went back.
Turning left off the highway about 18 miles south of Sherman TX, my imagination ran wild with images of an old town square, an abandoned jail cell situated in the town park, and a junk store with all the goodies from old times. Nothing like that was there. In fact, all that I found was this church and some houses across the road. The church is a large structure probably attracting a great many who are scattered across the wide openness of the area. There is this old bell and a historical marker with these words:
When first settled in 1830s was known as Annaliza. Renamed by Kentucky emigrants in 1858. Unique layout gave town protection against Indian attacks. On freight and stage routes. “Sacred Harp,” a robust frontier gospel style of singing and composition, began here. During Civil War was Quantrill gang rendezvous.
According to a few Texas websites, Kentucky Town was quite the thriving place at one time. Quintrill and his gang have their own story I’m sure and it does add a bit of colorful paint to the Texas canvas. But it was where they laid train tracks and routed the rail that put Kentucky Town with what it is today.
Big story. Little town.