Ghost Town of Helena

The Karnes County Historical Society knows how to have a party. Lulubelle, Daisy, and I attended the Annual Indian Summer Festival at the Old Helena Courthouse and Museum which is always on the fourth Saturday in October. Lulubelle made new friends; fellow authors Barry Harrin, Jane Tennant, Cathy Passmore, and Robert Thonhoff, and I signed books and answered questions about the Old Ghost Town of Helena, Texas.

The first county seat of Karnes County was established in Helena in 1852. Helena was a bustling community until the railroad bypassed it in 1884. Then Helena became one of Texas’ official ghost towns. There were numerous hangings in the tree in front of the courthouse. Author Barry Harrin wrote a book “The Toughest Town on Earth” The few remaining mortals have reported some strange happenings and a paranormal crew reported ghostly activity. I saw nothing out of the ordinary on my nights on the grounds. However, I made them a deal, that I would not bother them, if they didn’t bother me.

“Thank you” to our Karnes County friends for their hospitality and especially to photographers Joe Baker and Sue Carter.

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