“A Little Town with a Big Heart”

Kosse, Texas

The Heritage House was owned by Mr. Fred Bradley from Houston, donated to the Heritage House Society in 1979. Photo provided courtesy Greater Kosse Chamber of Commerce

KOSSE, TX is situated on State highways 14 and 7 near the Falls County line in southwestern Limestone County. Settlers made homes by nearby Duck Creek in the mid -1840s and ran a stage stop for the Franklin -Springfield and Waco-Marlin stage routes. In 1869 Kosse became the end of the Houston and Texas Central Railway and was named for Theodore Kosse, a chief engineer for the railroad and the man who surveyed the road for the town.

Born as a railroad village, Kosse has had it booms and busts throughout its history.  It is the birthplace of the famous Bob Wills, who brought “Texas Swing” to country music.  Kosse has also had the infamous, in the person of gunslinger John Wesley Hardin who once killed a man in a downtown hotel of the time.

Businesses moved to Kosse from Eutaw, two miles west, and the Eutaw post office was moved to Kosse in 1870. Development of a town government began in 1871. The community reached a population of 500 by 1880. Union, Methodist, Baptist, and presbyterian churches were organized. The New Era, the first newspaper, was published before 1880. The Cyclone was begun in 1885 by James O. Jones. That year the town had several cotton gins, two sawmills, and three gristmills. John Dimelow, an Englishman, opened a ceramics lab in 1870. Kosse also had the first brickyard in the county.

In 1914 Kosse had three businesses, two banks, and a population of 700. By 1928 the population was 1,500, and by 1931 Kosse had fifty-eight businesses. After that the population and number of businesses slowly began to decline. In 1989 Kosse had eleven businesses and a population of 519. In 1990 the population was 505.

Today, agriculture, ranching, mining and locally owned businesses are the primary occupations of our residents.  Some of the families have lived in Kosse for generations while others have just recently come to enjoy the quiet pace of life.  Parks and recreation areas including nearby Fort Parker and Lake Limestone for fishing and water sports along with hunting make the area popular with Texans.

It’s the people that make Kosse “A Little Town with a Big Heart” though the churches, organizations, and caring friendship of  neighbors, Kosse offers the personal relationships and small town values with a vision for the future that many seek.

Lake Limestone is located 40 miles northeast of Kosse on the upper Navasota River in Leon, Limestone and Robertson Counties. The lake is approximately 1 hr. from Bryan/College Station, 1 hr. 20 min to Waco, 2 hrs. from Dallas and Houston.  The lake covers a surface are of 12,680 acres and is approximately 16 miles long, but lake level is variable depending on rainfall and water use.  Lake Limestone is for public use for all type of water recreation.  The predominant fish species are Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Crapppie and Channel, Blue and Flathead Catfish.  The Lake is controlled by the Brazos River Authority ::Brazos River Authority:: Lake Limestone

For more information on Lake Limestone check out the Lake Limestone Page

Residents of note:

Bob Wills (1905–1975) – Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader

Kenneth Sims (born 1969) – Former professional football player (New England Patriots; 1982–1989)

For more information about Kosse check out Greater Kosse Chamber of Commerce

Information provided by Greater Kosse Chamber of Commerce and Wikipedia