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Kerr County Texas

The first attempt at Anglo settlement in the area of the present Kerr County occurred in 1846 when Joshua D. Brown led a group of ten men to the Guadalupe River and established a shingle-making camp at the site of present Kerrville. They were soon driven off by Indians, only to return to the site, which they named Brownsborough, in 1848.

Indian raids became increasingly troublesome in the early 1850s, and in response the United States Army established a post at Camp Verde in southern Kerr County on July 8, 1855. This post became the headquarters for the famed experiment with camels as transport, and promoted development in the area as well as providing protection. Settlers faced the dangers of Indian attack for the next twenty years, and the final raid took place in 1878.

On January 26, 1856, Kerr County was formed from Bexar Land District Number 2. Brownsborough changed its name to Kerrville and became the county seat.  In 1880 the Y O Ranch was founded by Charles Armand Schreiner, a Kerrville merchant and civic leader. The Y O grew into an immense cattle, sheep, and goat ranch, which at one time contained 600,000 acres. The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built through Kerrville in 1887, further stimulating the county economy.
[Excerpted from Bob Bennett, "Kerr County, Texas, 18561956" (San Antonio: Naylor, 1956; bicentennial ed., rev. by Clara Watkins: Kerr County, Texas, 18561976, Kerrville, Texas: Hill Country Preservation Society, 1975).

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Aug 2015: 1903 - 1908 Births
Jun 2015: News: Newspapers of Kerr County
Feb 2015: Marriage News: AULD, BROWN, LECKLE, LOGAN, CARPENTER, REMSCHELL, PARSONS, NIMITZ, MARTIN, PATTON, CYKMAN, SUBLETT;  Death News: THURMAN, DECUIR, BYERS, SALINAS,
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Aug 2014: Cem: Baldwin Family Cemetery; Mil: Korean War Casualties; 1914 County History
May 2014: Obit: DAVIS, Bio: TIVY, HOWELL, KINCAID; Weather news: 1889 rainstorm,
Jan 2014: 1860 Slave Schedule; World War 2 Honor List; 1890 Veterans Schedule; Bio: SMITH - Transcribed by FoFGmz; 1883 Pensioners: Transcribed by Mary Saggio
 
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