Vanishing Texas Vernacular Architecture

Medicine Mound

H. H. Cole Building

The fact that anything still exists in Medicine Mound, Texas is testament to the determination of one women - Myna Potts.  The daughter of one of the original merchants in Medicine Mound, Ms. Potts has turned the Hicks-Cobb building (formerly a grocery store) into a cultural museum.  She has been a driving force in preserving what is left of the  existing buildings.  The H. H. Cole building, now in a severe state of decay, was once a combination bank, drug store, post office and gas station.  Rusted gasoline pumps and a collapsed metal awning hint at activities that once took place there.  A unique architectural feature of both buildings is the use of rounded stones on the facade.  The stones appear to be sedimentary and hand-chiseled rather than smooth river rocks, although I could be mistaken.  At any rate, the stones add an interesting texture to the buildings.

Named for the four conical hills nearby (dubbed medicine mounds by the Comanches), the community moved to its current location in 1908 when the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad was built nearby.  After a fire in 1932 destroyed most of the commercial buildings, Medicine Mound’s population declined to slightly over 200 by 1940.  Today the town proudly boasts a population of zero.

Medicine Mound is in central Hardeman County southwest of Chillicothe.  You can read more about Medicine Mound on the Texas Handbook Online and  More photographs are located on my website -

One Response

  1. good article. thanks.

    April 26, 2022 at 8:11 am

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