My husband and I recently visited the Nail's Crossing area near Kenefic. It was once a Butterfield stage stop and the home of one of the area's most prominent families. Nail's Station was a lively place that showed hospitality to many weary travelers. The main house burned to the ground in January of 1902. The river area was also used for picnics and other gatherings. The Nail family had property in Caddo and owned the Nail Hotel.
Kenefic was actually called Nail until 1910. I drove back through the middle of Kenefic to show my husband that there is nothing left of the town except memories. There is a brief description in this article and there are photos in the museum at Caddo.
The Caddo Herald
February 25, 1910
Nail Items (Liberty Chapel)
Dear Herald: We have been having some winter out in this part of the country for the past week. There was a heavy snow fall which was accompanied by a hard wind. In some places the snow drifted 18 inches deep. The snow will do untold good to the farmers as the ground was getting very dry. But if we had had more it would have been better.
Mr. W. J. Clubb was in Caddo Saturday.
Mr. Artie Clubb and Weaver Adams were in Caddo last Saturday on business.
Mr. Earnest Carroll, J. R. Bryant, Ab Shaw and Rev. Geo. Mills were business callers to Caddo last Saturday.
J. M. Flemming, Ernest Pitchlyn, Ira Smith, Dick Flemming and Ed. Cox attended court at Durant last week.
There was a call meeting of the directors and patrons of our school last Saturday. The result of the meeting was that the school is to continue for two months. We have a wide-awake board of directors and the patrons show by their work (not talk) that they are interested in the school and intend to give their children an education.
We are trying to keep up with the new town, Kenefick, but it is hard to do so as it is growing too fast. There is a lumber yard, restaurant, “Nail Post Office”, two hotels, blacksmith shop, 3 grocery stores, and two drug departments already here; besides a number of new residences. At present prospects are good for a number of other residences and business houses.
There were a couple of prospectors from the north at Kenefick last Sunday.
W. J. Holcomb and B. F. Boling visited the new town with a couple of loads of wood last Saturday.
Mr. Tom Joiner’s baby which had been sick for some times, breathed it’s last Feb. 16. It shall rest in peace with God forever and ever. B. F. J.