|The Kosse Cemetary
The Kosse of the 1870's was a bustling
and growing town. There were four
cotton gins, two sawmills, and three
gristmills. John Dimelow, an English
immigrant, opened a ceramics lab in
1870. Kosse also had the first brickyard
in the county.
On October 1, 1884, an acre of land
was granted for a public school. In 1893
Kosse became an independent school
district with J. Thomas Hall named as
the KISD's first superintendent.
Segregation was the accepted norm of
this era and Kosse was no exception.
The school for white students initially
had two hundred-twenty-five students
and six teachers, while the black school
had eighty students and two teachers.
By the beginning of World War I, Kosse
had a population of over 700, and
commerce was booming. Further growth
was on the horizon and by 1930 (on the
cusp of the Great Depression) the
population was over 1,500. In 1931
Kosse reached its peak commercial
activity with fifty-eight separate business
|Kosse City Park playground and picnic area.
|Lake Kosse at the Kosse City Park.
|On the right is the building that was the
downtown grocery store for over sixty years.
On the left is the Farmer's State Bank of
|The Houston & Texas Central depot from
Kosse, TX. It is now located in Saginaw, TX
and is being used by the Chamber of
We are very proud to say Kosse, Texas is the home of the
Kosse Cafe. It is located at the southwestern tip of
Limestone County on State highways 14 and 7.
The city motto of Kosse is "The Little Town With a Big
Heart". It is home to 497 residents according to the 2000
census, although a surge in population is predicted once
the TXU Mining lignite coal extraction operation planned for
the Kosse area gets underway.
Original Kosse pioneers settled at nearby Duck Creek in
|The Kosse 1st
|The Kosse 1st
|After that the population and number of
businesses began a slow but steady
decline as the depression began to take
Finding itself unable to afford the
expense of operating an independent
school district, the Kosse school board
voted to consolidate with the Groesbeck
Independent School District in 1968.
Kosse held a stable population and
business profile through the 1980's until
today. As is the case with many Texas
communities, the downtown area is not
as vibrant as it once was, although
there is still a strong presence by the
remaining businesses. The former
White's Hardware is now doing business
as Wright's Hardware under the
ownership of Rickey and Jodi Wright,
and the former Kosse 1st State Bank is
now a member of the Groesbeck-based
Farmer's State Bank group. Automotive
businesses include De's Parts and
Service and Jimmy O'Neil's automotive
repair. US Silica is located eight miles
east of Kosse and is a major community
employer, as is RTLC, a local pipeline
company. The Cefco convenience
store is located across from the Kosse
Cafe at the intersection of State
Highways 7 and 14 and new businesses
such as Sign Creations, Kosse Feeds,
Need for Knead Massage Therapy, AG
Accounting & More, Bushwhackers Hair
Salon and Perfect Pear Consignment
Boutique have been established. As
mentioned earlier, significant growth is
expected as a result of the TXU Mining
The town of Kosse holds the distinction
of providing more per capita armed
services members during World War II
than any town in the United States. It is
also the birthplace of Western Swing
icon Bob Wills.
This article was written with information
garnered in part from the Handbook of
Photos compliments of George Rasco,
|Kosse, Texas. Home of 497 unique and
|Lake Kosse has been restocked with fish
and they are now in the process of maturing.