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Albuquerque, Texas was a settlement established in 1857 by Samuel McCracken and Henry Hastings. Its population grew, and following the American Civil War, the town boasted a mercantile store, saloon, blacksmith shop, cotton gin, and an elementary school. Its U.S. post office opened in 1870. Albuquerque, Texas is today a ghost town.
Henry Hastings and Samuel McCracken, two brothers-in-law from Mississippi, were the town’s first residents, settling the area “located on the Clear Fork of Sandies Creek” in 1857. The town was originally thought to be in Wilson County, Texas, but was found to actually be in Gonzales County by a 1914 re-survey of county lines. Official recognition of Albuquerque occurred in 1870 with the opening of the post office. The McCracken family established a boarding house and blacksmith shop, and the town also had a store and saloon. There was an elementary school which operated during the 1870s and into the 1880s.
Albuquerque’s decline was attributed to the growth of nearby Union, Texas (now Union Valley), which was two miles south of Albuquerque, as well as the lack of railroad access. The Albuquerque Post Office closed for good in 1883, just thirteen years after opening. The town itself was completely abandoned by 1912 and is today a Texas ghost town.
Helm and Hardin had been adversaries in the ongoing Sutton–Taylor feud for several years at this point. While being distracted by Hardin, Jim Taylor crept up on Helm from behind and attempted to shoot him, but his revolver misfired. As the startled Helm turned, Taylor managed to get off a shot, striking Helm in the chest. Helm rushed Taylor, but Hardin shattered Helm’s arm with a shotgun blast. Helm then fled into the blacksmith shop. While Hardin held the townspeople at gunpoint, Taylor chased down Helm and unloaded the remaining five bullets into his head. As Hardin and Taylor mounted their horses and prepared to ride away, it is reported that witnesses heard them boast that they had accomplished what they had set out to do.