Kosse Real Estate
With only 500 or so residents, Kosse's title of "A Little Town With A Big Heart" couldn't be truer. Named for a civil engineer from Houston, Theodore Kosse, who surveyed the town for the Houston and Texas Central Railway. The town is 53 miles northwest of Bryan, and 113 miles southeast of Dallas. The beautiful Lake Limestone is 26 miles east of Kosse.
Cotton, Cotton, and More Cotton
Puffy cotton bolls dotted the landscape in the early days of Kosse like winter snow blankets the northern plains. Thousands of acres of cotton planted all throughout Limestone County provided industry opportunities for farmers.
Buying and selling cotton seed, planting and maintaining the plants, harvesting, and processing the final product gave rise to a continual cycle of commerce in Kosse. Cotton gins, banks, cotton brokerage houses, seed stores, and equipment dealerships sprung up all around Limestone County, thanks to the fibrous commodity.
Hundreds of cotton bales made their way to international waters via the three railroad lines. Europe was a primary buyer of Kosse cotton, before and after the first world war. Exporting cotton kept the flow of coinage steady, even after the oil boom concluded in the early 1900s.
A fun side note regarding exporting cotton: some cotton boats carried daring travelers to foreign shores. According to travel logs, the journey from Galveston to France took 20 days across the Atlantic. Adventurers could caravan around Europe and then catch a ride back to Texas on another cotton ship.
Living in Kosse
Kosse fun fact: Kosse's newspaper, The New Era, began as Groesbeck's Rising Sun, but the lack of subscribership in Groesbeck caused the owners to reposition the news outlet.
Luminant Energy's Kosse Mine produces enough electricity to power over 800,000 homes during off-peak times, and 320,000 homes during peak demand periods.
Kosse's Primetime Express, a nonprofit drill team, who performs choreographed routines while riding horses, made an appearance in the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade.
The group began in 2005 as an extension of the Limestone County 4-H Club, performing in local rodeos and parades. The founders graduated from high school and wanted to continue riding and encourage young riders to join in the fun. Their accomplishments now include national and state titles. Ladies 13 years and older are welcome to join in the fun.
Education in Kosse
Education in Kosse consists of schools in the Groesbeck Independent School District. Athletics include football, baseball, softball, cross-country track, men's and women's golf, basketball, and tennis.
Recently the school system opened a print shop, run by the students for printing greeting and business cards, calendars, brochures, invitations, or any other personalized items.
Homecoming in Kosse is more than a student-centered event; it involves the entire community. Multi-night rodeos, a BBQ cook off, a 5k run/walk, a parade, and a street dance are all part of the fun during homecoming season.
Real Estate in Kosse
Hearne-Gidden House, built in 1873 by R. Hearne. The Hearne family heritage links members from Bryan, the city of Hearne, Mexia and surrounding towns in the area. The original architecture was a Salt Box style home but reconfigured in 1893 to reflect the new Victorian fashion. The house changed hands in 1905, purchased by Ike and Carrie Gidden.
By 1917, electric lights made their way across Kosse, and ultimately to the Hearne-Gidden house. Notably, this illumination made the homestead the first with electrical lighting south of Groesbeck.
Mrs. Gidden's family sold the home in 1955 to James Dwight Hunter for $4,000. The Hunter family held onto the property until the 1980s. The last owner, Marc Tuton, sold the home to the Kosse Heritage Society in 2014, and restoration efforts are underway.
Real Estate Today In Kosse
Real estate for sale in Kosse includes other historic home sites, land, cottages, and traditional single-family homes. Residents enjoy the proximity to Kosse City Park, Fort Parker, and Lake Limestone. Camping, fishing, hiking, boating, and all other types of outdoor recreation at these lovely spots.
Fort Parker is in Mexia, about 28 miles from Kosse. Visitors can swim, fish, hike, canoe, or just lounge in the 1,400+ acre park. Lake Limestone is another top spot for outdoor-based recreation. Like Fort Parker, Lake Limestone offers boating, fishing, camping, and swimming for visitors.
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