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Near Kosse in Limestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Kimik Kiln

 
 
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By James Hulse, August 25, 2018
1. Kimik Kiln Marker
Inscription.  

Limestone County historically supported numerous pottery producing kilns. This industry succeeded near area outcroppings of kaolin, or potter's clay within the Wilcox geologic formation. Alberry Johnson began the first county pottery in 1859 near Dooley Creek. Like most other regional potteries, Johnson's kiln was of the groundhog variety, a subterranean design with a doorway leading to a long underground passage lined with brick or rock. At the end of the corridor, a chimney rose out of the ground drawing heat from a firebox outside the door which baked pottery within the passageway. William Curtis Knox later moved Johnson's operation and established the town of Pottersville (8 mi. NE). The pottery was one of the largest in Texas, remaining active until 1912: today, Pottershop Cemetery marks the site.

Several other kilns in the area provided work and income to supplement residents farming efforts. Near this site, German Immigrant Lee Kimik built a kiln active in the 1870s and 1880s. Records indicate that the business remained in fulltime operation eight months of the year. The kiln, similar to other groundhog examples, had
Kimik Kiln Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, August 25, 2018
2. Kimik Kiln Marker
longer and deeper sidewalls, possibly indicating European design influences. Unlike other area potters who marketed their work collectively, Kimik sold his wares directly to the community of Headsville (1.5 mi. S). He also marked his pottery, a rare feature among his Texas peers. In 1984, archeologists documented the Kimik Kiln site (41LT198), reviving the story of Lee Kimik through archival research and archeological investigation. The historic site has made significant contributions to understanding the industry and artistry of 19th century Texas.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 31° 16.881′ N, 96° 29.884′ W. Marker is near Kosse, Texas, in Limestone County. Marker is on State Highway 7 0.1 miles east of Ebenezer Church Road (County Highway 462), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kosse TX 76653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. King-Williams Cemetery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Also see . . .  Kosse Mine - early history. US Silica
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(Submitted on September 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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