Helena: Karnes County Museum

Karnes County’s best-known cattleman is William Butler, whose landholdings topped 100,000 acres and whose herd numbered more than 10,000. His fame was due, in part, because he was one of the first to ride the Chisholm Trail in 1868. He said he drove cattle “to connect four-dollar cow with the forty-dollar market” – which he did earlier, and for longer, than almost anyone else. Helena bills itself as the “toughest town on Earth,” and the Karnes County Museum interprets many of the stories of gunfights, saloons, and brothels that comprised one aspect of the cowboy era. 

Karnes County Museum

  • Hours: Friday - Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Admission: None
  • 8167 N. FM 81, Helena, TX
  • 830-780-3210