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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.
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.
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
* 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:May 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersFeb 2016: Military: World War 1 Casualties Honor RollNov 2015: County Records: 1888 County OfficersAug 2015: 1903 - 1905 BirthsMay 2015: Newspapers of Val Verde CountyFeb 2015: Death News: Judge ROY BEAN, CARAHER, GILCHRIST, LETHEN, Marriage News: SALVATIERRA, ADDICKES, CONNOR, YARBOR, BANNISTER, HYMAN, MARR, HERFORD, COBB, DARST, MARTIN, AUGUSTINE, CHAPMAN, COCKRELL, SIBLEY, CASEY,; Visiting News: DODD, BURDWELL, RATHBONE, KILLOUGH, SAUNDERS, MCCUTCHEON, BAILEY, HOWARD, THOMPSON
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