Nice Day Trip to Helena, TX

Helena Travel Blog

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Located about an hour and a half from San Antonio, next to Karnes City, TX, Helena used to be a promising trade town back in the 1800s.  In the 60s and 70s a wealthy merchant's son was accidently shot dead in a saloon fight. The merchant turned around and demanded that the one responsible for the death of his son be turned in and tried.  He vowed that either the town turn in the guilty party, or he would kill the entire town of Helena.

And so he did.  He purchased and contributed a huge lot of land to an expanding railway company in exchange for their agreement to by pass the town of Helena by six miles, making it impossible for Helena to continue its economic growth. Little by little, the town disapeared.

Helena was notably one of the toughest towns in Texas particularly because of the "Helena Duel" in which two individuals were tied wrist-to-wrist with a leather strap and given three inch blades to hold with the opposite hands... you can imagine the rest. 

The museum curator was very nice and knowledgeable about the history of the town.  The tour is free, but donations were very much appreciated.  Overall, a great day trip. The grounds are open on weekends only.  Enjoy!

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Web: No website and very difficult to find info on the web.

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