I am absolutely not an expert on the history of the little town of Hico, Texas so if I have a reader who is, I’d love to hear from you. I can, however, begin with what I know, and that begins in Comanche County.
In 1858, the county of Hamilton was created, taking quite a few miles out of Comanche County, and this meant that the county seat of Comanche County must be moved to a more central location and thus, the creation of the town of Comanche, the new county seat.
Now, just across the way in the newly created Hamilton County, the first family to the area had been there since (I believe) the late 1850s when John Rankin Alford and wife settled there on Honey Creek. Alford and wife brought goods to sell with them when they came to the area, and they soon were in business (of some sort).
By 1860, a community had developed with the need for a Post Office. Alford chose the name Hico, after his childhood home of Hico, Kentucky. He also served as the new town’s first Postmaster.
When the Texas Central Railroad built through the area in 1880, the line was located slightly over two miles from the Honey Creek location. As so often happened, citizens packed up to move the short distance to the present location of Hico, Texas.
As for John R. Alford, he lived out his life in Hico, and died there in 1928. He is buried in the Hico Cemetery. Whether he is related to the Alfords of Comanche County, I do not know.