Kimble Court Oaks

Historical Period: Early Statehood (1845-1861)
Historical Topic: Frontier Settlements, Law & Order
Species: Texas Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis)
County: Kimble
Public Access: No

Accounts of the first district court session held in Kimble County, in 1859, generally agree that the court was convened under a large live oak and that boards were nailed between it and a smaller companion oak to serve as the judge’s bench. District Judge W. A. Blackburn presided.

Since there was no jail, Texas Rangers, serving as jailors, chained their prisoners to nearby trees to await trial. The Rangers were in attendance not only to testify, but to protect the court, for these were desperate times and the frontier was still a hazardous area.

Kimbleville, first county seat and site of that first court session, never developed into a town, its position being later taken by Junction City. Only these oaks, which cling to the brow of a river bank that drops steeply some 80 feet to the Llano River below, remain to mark the site of that early court.

The Kimble Court Oaks are located on the bluff above the Llano River not far from the town of Junction. The owner of these trees does not allow public visitors.