Hixon, four miles east of New Ulm in western Austin County, was founded in 1892 at a siding on a new line of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, midway between New Ulm and Cat Spring. It was named by railroad officials. The surrounding area had been settled largely by German immigrants beginning in the mid-1830s. Hixon never established a post office and received its mail through New Ulm. In the early 1900s C. O. Carpenter of Minnesota attempted to develop Hixon as a subdivision of nearby urban areas, but the townsite, situated in almost uninhabited woodland with sandy soils unsuited to agriculture, did not attract settlers. A 1963 map showed no trace of the community.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Charles Christopher Jackson | © Texas State Historical Association
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