Weedhaven is a rural hamlet located at the intersection of State highways 35 and 172 about thirteen miles northeast of Port Lavaca and twenty-one miles southeast of Edna in southern Jackson County near the Calhoun County line. In the 1920s the McHaney family owned a ranch on the site. The property was later sold to J. F. Weed, and by the mid-1940s the crossroads was known as Weedhaven (also spelled Weed Haven), named for the Weed family. In the 1950s Weedhaven served as a tourist stop for coastal motorists traveling between Houston and Corpus Christi. George McHaney, son of the original ranch owner C. C. McHaney, owned a grocery store, icehouse, and gas station. A cafe and motel served fishermen and other tourists. Oil exploration was also conducted in the region. Weedhaven reported 35 residents in 2000, the first year any population figures were listed. By that time the village consisted of only a few scattered homes and no businesses.
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.
Laurie E. Jasinski | © Texas State Historical Association
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