KENNARD, TEXAS

Kennard, Texas is located 16 miles east of Crockett in eastern Houston County. The area was settled in the 1850s and the community was established in 1899 when Central Coal and Coke Company of Kansas City, Missouri, purchased a large tract of virgin timberland and set up a small sawmill four miles west of present day Ratcliff. The settlement grew up near the mill, and a post office was established in 1902. Local economy was tied to Four C Mill, and was said to have been the largest sawmill west of the Mississippi.By 1920, there was little timber left in the area, and the mill was shut down, with property eventually being sold to the federal government. In the 1930s, the area was reforested under a Civilian Conservation Corps program. The land became part of the Davy Crockett National Forest.