Jackson County Places:  Carancahua      


CARANCAHUA, TEXAS. Carancahua, in southeastern Jackson County, was originally an informal cluster of log cabins and was apparently named for its position near the banks of Carancahua Bay. By 1880 Carancahua was the site of a mail stop called Freeport, on the route from Texana to Matagorda. There was a post office at Carancahua from 1897 to 1926. In 1908 local boosters offered town lots for sale, but the town's location-conducive to malaria and floods-discouraged prospective investors. In 1915 the community reported a population of fifty. By the 1920s the population hovered around twenty-five, and by 1931 Carancahua no longer reported a population. In the 1960s a community building was at the site. Carancahua was still listed as a community in 1990.

History from the Handbook of Texas Online


of Carancahua

Garrett, Leander, 15 Jly 1878

Discontinued 16 Dec 1878

(Re-established) Garrett, Leander, 14 Jan 1879
Foster, Jeanette B., 16 May 1881

Discontinued 31 Mar 1884?; mail to Ednaville

Lewis, Ashby W., 4 Oct 1897

Discontinued 31 Jan 1907; mail to Palacios

(Re-established) Petersen, Laura M., 7 Jan 1910
Neff, Simon, 9 Mar 1911
Linquest, Mae, 15 Apr 1916
Neff, Simon, 26 Jan 1917
Whyman, Melvin R., 26 Nov 1921
Frankson, Fluke, 1 Feb 1922

Discontinued 30 Oct 1926; mail to Palacios

Source:  Postmasters and Post Offices of Jackson County, 1846 - 1930
Map of Carancahua from mapquest.com
Map of Carancahua, USGS Survey


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