Steel grain elevator alongside the abandoned tracks of the former Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway
|Elevation||3,245 ft (989 m)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|Website||Handbook of Texas|
Heckville is an unincorporated community located on the high plains of the Llano Estacado about 16 mi (26 km) northeast of Lubbock or 7 mi (11 km) north of Idalou in northeastern Lubbock County, Texas. This small town was named after Henry Heck, who built a cotton gin to serve the community in 1948.
Heckville is located at the point where Farm to Market Road 400 intersects the tracks of the former Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway that extended from Estelline to Lubbock. Unfortunately, the BNSF Railway, which last owned and operated the former Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway, abandoned and permanently removed the tracks in 1989.
Heckville has never been a large town: the community has never reported a population of more than twenty. Today, all that remains are rusting grain elevators, numerous large warehouses, the remnants of a cotton gin, an abandoned country store, and a large an still active egg farm operation that produces 180,000 eggs per day.
- "Heckville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- Fred Tarpley, 1001 Texas Place Names (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980
- Charles G. Davis, "Heckville, TX," Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrh52, accessed December 26, 2011, Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
- William C. Billingsley, "Fort Worth and Denver Railway," Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqf03, accessed December 26, 2011, Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
- Michael Slother, "Local egg rancher talks safety, business after recall". http://www.kcbd.com/story/13052283/local-egg-rancher-talks-safety-business-after-recall , 8/26/2010.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Heckville
- Heckville, TX from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Photos of the Llano Estacado