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Jim Tiller

LICKSKILLET, TEXAS. The community of Bethany, Louisiana, on U.S. Highway 79 on the Texas-Louisiana line, has taken as its own the name of the pioneer Texas community of Lickskillet (or at times called Vernon). In fact, there is nothing in the period record that suggests this settlement was ever located in Louisiana. Lickskillet was actually located some three-fourths of a mile north of Bethany on a point of high ground south of the 27th Mile Mound that marks the boundary between Texas and Louisiana that for many years served as a concentration point for roads leading east from Grand Bluff, Pulaski, and Carthage to Shreveport, Louisiana. Panola County Commissioners Court minutes made reference to the name Lickskillet in 1850.


A. B. Gray, Part of the Boundary between the United States and Texas, from Sabine River, Northward, to the 36th mile mound, 1941, Map Number 0952b, Map Collection, Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Austin, Texas. Harrison County, 1846, Map No. 3939, Colony and District Collection, Archives and Records Division, Texas General Land Office, Austin. James Weeks Tiller, Jr., and Albert Wayne Tiller, Our American Adventure: The History of a Pioneer East Texas Family, 1657–1966 (Huntsville, Texas: The START Group, 2008). 

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