Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Helena: Karnes County Museum

Helena was once a boisterous county seat on the Chihuahua Road, or Ox-Cart Trail, from San Antonio to the coast. Later, the area’s first railroad bypassed the town, establishing a depot at nearby Karnes City, which took over as county seat. Helena became a virtual ghost town. Few folks live here today, but the Karnes County Museum complex keeps Helena’s story alive.

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  • 8167 N Fm 81
  • Helena, Texas
  • 78118


Hours & Fees

  • Friday - Monday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Free