Tonqua was on Tonqua Creek eight miles southeast of Yoakum in eastern DeWitt County,, near the Lavaca county line. The Charles Bradley family first settled the area in 1846, and in July 1878 they donated land for a school. The Tonqua school, named for the Tonkawa Indians, became the community center; Baptist services were also held there. The school operated until 1944. By 1962 only Cook-Holland Cemetery marked the area.

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.

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