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Texas Ghost Towns are scattered across the State of Texas. Each of them has a story and each of them leave behind some mystery as well. When it comes to mystery, Baby Head has to rank as one of the most mysterious and gruesome ghost towns in Texas.

A Texas Hill Country Mystery

Baby Head, Texas... or what's left of it, is located off Highway 16 about 10 miles north of Llano. Don't even bother looking for a welcome sign. It doesn't exist. No one lives in Baby Head anymore and truth be told, there is no town. All that is is left is a Historical Marker, a cemetery, and a creek named after the town.

Why is the Town Named Baby Head?

This is where we get into the gruesome part of the story. According to, between 1850 and 1870 a group of Native Americans attacked a group of settlers and kidnapped a young girl. According to stories passed down, the girl was killed and her head was put on a spike at the foot of the mountain. In 1870, settlers settled in the area and named the town Babyhead in the child's honor. There are, in fact, maps showing the town's name as Babyhead.

According to, in the late 1870s the community prospered and grew. In 1879, a new local post office was opened, and in the 1900s Baby Head, also spelled Babyhead by some, had a store, a cotton gin, a blacksmith, and even a school. The oldest gravestone at the Baby Head cemetery belongs to Jodie May McKneely, who died in 1884.

Chad Hasty,
Chad Hasty,

Was a Baby Really Killed in Baby Head

Did the Native Americans actually kill a baby? While it is not 100% verifiable, that is the widely accepted story, as points out, mainly due to writings and stories that were told.

What Is Left of Baby Head, Texas Today

Not much is left of Baby Head. Except for the cemetery that some claim is haunted. I can tell you this, it does leave you with a creepy feeling when you are in the cemetery. Some who stop will leave heads of baby dolls around the cemetery, on the fence, and even on the grave stone of Jodie May McKneely, a baby girl who died in 1884.

Check out the pictures of Baby Head below.

The Mysterious Texas Ghost Town Of Baby Head

The mysterious ghost town of Baby Head dates back to 1800's

Gallery Credit: Chad Hasty

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These Texas towns once boasted a healthy population with a thriving economy, but along the way, something drastic happened within the town causing its population decline and slow death and eventually becoming a Texas ghost town.'

If you do go on an adventure and seek out these ghost towns, please do it safely. If you go on a journey into the woods please have the landowner's permission to do so or you could be prosecuted for trespassing. Above all, be careful, courteous, and inquisitive.

Gallery Credit: Beyond Civilization (Xplore RC) via YouTube

PHOTOS: The Scrappiest Little Ghost Town in Texas, Wayside

But don't say 'ghost town' out loud while you're there. Despite it's seeming emptiness, the itty bitty community of Wayside is holding on strong. You've gotta be tough to make it out there on the south rim of Palo Duro Canyon. And Wayside is a scrapper.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark/TSM

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