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Edwards is named for Haden Edwards, an early settler of
Nacogdoches, Texas. The seat of the county is Rocksprings.The region
that became Edwards County was home to Lipan Apache Indians. Spain
established the mission of San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz in 1762 to
help Christianize the Indians, but was otherwise unable to settle
the area. White settlement in the region did not begin until the
mid-1800s. In 1858 the county was formed from Bexar County; the
first land was sold in 1876. Edwards County was not officially
organized until 1883. The county seat was originally Bullhead, which
subsequently changed its name to Vance. Rock Springs (now
Rocksprings) became county seat in 1891. In 1913, Real County was
taken from the eastern section of Edwards County, thus decreasing
Edwards County to its present size. [Excerpted from James B. McCrain, "EDWARDS COUNTY,"
Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical
Edwards County stands first among Texas counties in the
number of its goats and the value of its wool clip. Its surface,
comprising rolling plains in the northwest portion, rugged
mountainous scenery in the south half with many rich valleys along
the headwaters of the Nueces River, is particularly adapted to goat
and sheep raising, and for many years that has been the primary
industry. The county is also noted for its kaolin beds, which are
the largest in the state, and other mineral resources which have
been undeveloped on account of lack of transportation are deposits
of silver, iron, sulphur and coal [Unknown source]
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Rocksprings * Barksdale * Carta Valley
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