Hext is an unincorporated community in Menard
County, Texas, United States.
Location of Hext in the state of Texas.
According to the Handbook of Texas
, the community had an
estimated population of 73 in 2000.
Hext is located at (30.8690645, -99.5286744). It is situated at the
intersection of State Highway
29 and FM 1221,
approximately 16 miles east of Menard and 131
miles northwest of Austin in eastern
The community was first known as Maringo (or Marengo) when it was
settled in the 1870s. When local residents attempted to establish a
post office in 1895, they found that Maringo was already taken and
decided on the name Hext in honor of Joseph Robert "Bob" Hext. Mr.
Hext was one of the first settlers in the area. The post office was
established in 1897, which made the name permanent.
Hext reached its peak around 1914, when it had 125 residents, two
general stores, a hotel, cotton gin, and a Church of Christ
that had been organized in
1904. A Baptist
church was established in
1916. The community's population had declined to 40 by the
mid-1920s, but rebounded to around 60 in the late 1940s. By 1988,
Hext reported 64 residents. That figure had grown slightly, to 73,
Although Hext is unincorporated, it continues to have a post office
in operation with the zip code of 76848.
Public education in the community of Hext is provided by the
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