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Val Verde County Texas

In February 1849 the Whiting and Smith expedition passed through the area. A temporary base called Camp Blake was situated on the Military Road soon after the Mexican War, and several other military bases were set up in southeastern Val Verde County in the 1850s to protect settlers and travelers against Indian attack.

Val Verde County was organized from Crockett, Kinney, and Pecos counties in 1885. Its name, which is Spanish for "green valley," came from a Civil War battle. Del Rio became the county seat. Also in the 1885 election Roy Bean of Langtry was elected justice of the peace. Judge Bean became known as the Law West of the Pecos, and he measured out justice from his Jersey Lily Saloon.

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In 1883 the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway was completed into the area, and new settlers came with the easy transportation. Several communities were formed in Val Verde County in the 1880s. They were Langtry in 1884, Juno and Devils River in 1886, Comstock in 1888, and Norris in 1889.



Box Canyon-Amistad  *  Juno  * Laughlin Air Force Base  *  Cienegas Terrace  *  Lake View Pandale  *
*  Comstock  *  Langtry  *  Val Verde Park  *  Del Rio  *



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Website Updates:
Jan 2017: Marriage News: HENRY, OSTHEIMER; Community News: BLANDIN, School commencement,
Aug 2016: County: Fugitives from Justice; Crime News: CALDWELL, BROWN, BEAN, FORREST, CAMPOS, FARLEY; Marriage News: EDMISTON, DUKE, WILDON, ADDIE
May 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Feb 2016: Military: World War 1 Casualties Honor Roll

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