The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 490
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
way in Hamilton County, the officials of the Texas Central Rail-
way Company proposed to the people of Hico that they move
their places of business and relocate their town two miles west
on the railroad. The townspeople discussed the advantages
offered by the new location and accepted the proposition."
The railroad officials selected and purchased the land for the
site of present Hico from G. H. Medford. The first sale of town
lots was held on November 16, 188o. Lots were sold at auction
to the highest bidder and J. C. Hutchingson and Brother pur-
chased the first one for $155$
Without delay, the citizens of Old Hico made preparations for
the removal of their places of business and dwellings to the new
location. Every building was removed with the exception of the
J. G. Barbee mill and gin which was built of limestone. Until
it was torn down around I940, this old structure served as the
only historical landmark signifying that once the frontier com-
munity of Old Hico existed on the banks of Honey Creek.
Since the destruction of the old mill and the death of most of
the former residents of the community, it was realized that in
time even the memory of Old Hico as an actuality would be
erased. Stimulated by the efforts of the Texas State Historical
Association and the Texas State Historical Survey Committee
to preserve local history, descendants of Old Hico inhabitants
and other citizens interested in the preservation of its memory
contributed funds for the erection of a permanent monument
on the original site of the settlement. This monument, made
of stones from the old mill and bearing the names of the
original settlers of Old Hico, was dedicated on September 29,
1963, by the Hamilton County Historical Survey Committee.
2'Hico News Review, December 18, 19o8.
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