Today’s adventure takes us to a spot between FM 1340 and Highway 39 from Hunt and West of Kerrville in South Texas. Sadly, there is nothing left of this frontier town today but a few headstones in the Hunt Cemetery.
Japonica was settled sometime before 1890 when it was approved for a post office. In botanical circles, Japonica refers to plant species that originated in Japan. That office remained in operation, even though many residents had moved to the community of Hunt (which had a post office of its own). Japonica faded as Hunt grew. The post office closed in 1918.
- The oldest legible tombstone in this cemetery is that of George T. Henry.
It is dated 1872
|Japonica Hunt Cemetery historical marker at the cemetery:
“The oldest legible tombstone in this cemetery is that of George T. Henry. It is dated 1872, sixteen years after the formal organization of Kerr County. The graveyard is located between the town of Hunt and the early community of Japonica. It contains a large number of unmarked graves. Although inundated by floodwaters on several occasions, the Hunt Japonica Cemetery remains in use as an important part of Kerr county’s recorded history.”