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San Saba County was organized in 1856 from
Bexar County and was named for the San Saba River which runs through
the county. The act establishing the county was passed by the Sixth
Legislature and approved on February 1, 1856.
original boundaries of the county were confirmed by the Seventh
Legislature in 1858. During the Civil War the citizens of San Saba
County supported the Confederacy. Although they held relatively few
slaves, they favored states' rights. The majority of San Sabans who
served in the Confederate forces were in the regiment of Col. James
E. McCord. Their primary assignment was to protect the frontier, and
they used Camp San Saba, a ranger station in McCulloch County, as
their base of operations.
In 1886 the Santa Fe Railroad
completed a line that came within twenty-one miles of the town of
San Saba, but it was twenty-five years before railroad officials
were convinced that San Saba's level of agricultural production
merited the extension of the line to the county seat. Other
towns founded at this time included Richland Springs, Sloan, Deer
Creek, Colony, Harkeyville, and San Saba. Cherokee,
Harmony Ridge, Holt, and Bend developed over the next twenty years.
The first newspaper in West Texas was the San
Saba County News, which was founded on January 1, 1873. The paper
continued operating into the twentieth century, and in 1960 it
merged with the San Saba Star, which was established in 1902. It was
still being published as the San Saba News and Star in the late
[Excerpted from : Victoria S.
Murphy, "SAN SABA COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by
the Texas State Historical Association.]
Cities, Towns and Populated
San Saba * Richland Springs * Cherokee * Bend
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1883 Pensioners -
Transcribed by Mary Saggio
Bio: ROSE - Transcribed
by Judy ZiesmerHistory of San Saba County
- Transcribed by Susan Geist
Bios: HARTLEY, MURRAY, BURLESON,
SLOAN, SANDERSON, KELLY, WALTERS, HOLMAN, MARTIN,
ALLISON, MILLER, KUYKENDALL, POLK, WALKER, LINDLEY,
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