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Edwards County Texas
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 Association.]
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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