Indian Summer Festival at Helena

I hope you will join me and my girls Lulubelle and Daisy at the Indian Summer Festival Celebrating the OLD CHISHOLM TRAIL, Saturday October 23, 2010, from 10AM to 6PM at the Helena Court House Museum, Hwy 80 & FM 81. I’ll be spinning tales to entertain the visitors.

Helena is now a ghost town in central Karnes County. It was established in 1852 and named after Helena Owens, a friend of Thomas Ruckman. The Ruckman home, built in 1878, still stands not far from the San Antonio River. The home is designated as a Texas Historical Residence and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Old Helena Court House is now a museum, and the old outdoor jail cage still stands on the grounds of the Courthouse. It would not meet today’s jail standards, but from 1852 to 1894, it served its purpose. Helena, the Karnes County Seat, was situated on the San Antonio-Goliad-Indianola Cart Road. It was a favorite stopover for freighters, drifters, gunmen, and, later, cattle drivers from South Texas moving their herds north up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene Kansas.

 My great grandfather Daniel Brown married Elnora Van Cleve in Helena on September 13, 1859. Elnora’s brothers—Cortes, Wesley, Alfonso, and Comely—became drovers on the Chisholm Trail.

Admission to the festival is free. Enjoy folkloric dancers, story tellers, arts, crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, face painting, a doll show, a sweet shoppe, and a country store.

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