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AIKEN, TX (BELL COUNTY)

Herman and Margaret L. Aiken grave and historical marker
Herman and Margaret L. Aiken grave and historical marker. Courtesy of Andrew Butler Photography. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

AIKEN, TEXAS (Bell County). Aiken was a mill and farming community on the Leon River twelve miles northwest of Belton in northwest Bell County. A steam saw and flour mill was constructed on the site by Abner Kuykendall in 1857, and a settlement grew up around it, on land owned by Herman Aiken. By 1860 Aiken was a thriving community with an estimated 200 inhabitants. During the Civil War the population of 600 produced a number of goods formerly imported; the town supported a cabinet shop, a tanyard, a shoe and saddle shop, a hat factory, a Confederate distillery, and wood and blacksmith shops for the manufacture and repair of wagons. Aiken had a post office from 1868 to 1872. The town seems to have declined in the later nineteenth century; it was not shown on the state highway map of 1948. The townsite was inundated by Belton Lake in the 1950s.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Bell County Historical Commission, Story of Bell County, Texas (2 vols., Austin: Eakin Press, 1988). Temple Junior Chamber of Commerce, Bell County History (Fort Worth, 1958). George Tyler, History of Bell County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1936).

Mark Odintz

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Handbook of Texas Online, Mark Odintz, "Aiken, TX (Bell County)," accessed May 30, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hva05.

Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Modified on April 20, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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