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Address: off U.S. 80 on FM 81, 6 miles North of Karnes City, Karnes City, TX 78118
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A Touch of the Old West

The old courthouse has been converted to a museum. Outside the building is an old jail cell. The historic Rutledge House is a block away. The old Indianola-San Antonio Trail ran... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 July 2016
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
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George West, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The old Helena Courthouse is a really cool and if you are real quiet you can hear the ghosts. The old Ruckman House is a true example of the era and the way the it was during the gun slinging days.

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Runge, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

The past three years we have attended the Helena Indian Summer Festival put on by the Karnes County Historical Society. Society members dress in period dress. Confederate soldiers set up camp in full regalia. The Ruckman House, the Old Courthouse, post office and jail are all there to tour while local authors share stories and autograph their books of how... More 

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Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

The old courthouse has been converted to a museum. Outside the building is an old jail cell. The historic Rutledge House is a block away. The old Indianola-San Antonio Trail ran through here and legend that after a rancher's son was killed in Helena he vowed to kill the town which he did. In the early fall is the site... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

I really enjoyed my day trip to Helena. I was lucky enough to meet the caretakers. They walked me around the attractions and told me the history of the town. It was really interesting. They enjoy what they do, so it made it more fun and interesting. I do recommend the trip.

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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2015

I was in the Navy at Corpus Chrsti, at the library found a book called off the beaten Path I read about the old cartwheel road, went to the gas station. Directed to Mrs. Ruckmans house showed her the book, she read the real story,made a copy of it, and allowed me to go down an see the old courthouse.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

Great docent at the museum who knew all the history of the area. The museum is in the old courthouse and there are a few other places on the grounds to visit. The jailcells sit outside and you can go in them. The original post office is also on the grounds. It seems that this area is trying hard to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is actually a couple of structures all together in a fenced in area. Don't believe the hype about one man killed everyone in town! The guide here is truthful about the railroad being the only reason this town was shut down. People DO live here! Even though I wouldn't drive out of the way to see this, I did... More 

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Aventura, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

I visited Helena in April 2013 and was awe inspired by the quaint buildings, the museum and the house with the ghosts. Yes, real ghosts. But you have to know how to talk to them. I found out (through the ghost meter) an instrument that captures energy patterns and beeps when there is ghost activity. Anyway, seeing is believing...or hearing... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2004

Greetings people,The little house in Helena by the musemn ,is the house my grandmother donated.My mother was born and raised in the house along with her 2 younger brothers.Every time my family and I come to Karnes city we go by there,and we stop and if the gated locked we just stand outside of the car and look at it.My... More 

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