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Travis County Texas
Travis County is in Central Texas, 150 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Austin, is the state capital and county seat. Congress established Travis County, naming it in honor of William Barret Travis.
An election for county officials was held in February 1840, at which time the population was reported to be 856. The initial boundaries of Travis County included roughly 40,000 square miles. Counties that were later carved from Travis County include Callahan, Coleman, Comal, Gillespie, Hays, Burnet, Brown, Lampasas, Eastland, Runnels, and Taylor.
Sam Houston moved the government of the Republic of Texas from Austin to Houston when Mexican troops invaded San Antonio in March 1842. When he tried to have the government archives removed as well, Austin citizens resisted with the Archives War. The Texas Congress held sessions at Washington-on-the-Brazos from 1842 to 1845, but the convention that drafted the Constitution of 1845qv met in Austin in July 1845, and by October the rest of the government had returned to the capital city. The first legislature of the new state convened in Austin in February 1846.
[Excerpted from Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "TRAVIS COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
West Lake Hills
(a portion of southern Round Rock extends into Travis county)
(a portion of Elgin extends into Travis County)
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- Website Updates:Sept 2016: Cemeteries: STATE CEMETERY - Transcribed by Nancy OverlanderAug 2016: County Records: 1891 Fugitives from JusticeMay 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersFeb 2016: World War 1 Honor RollNov 2015: 1888 County Officers; Bios: WILKSSept 2015: Death News: SILVERSTINE, EANES, RAMEY, BEAL, GRATMAN, MARTINJun 2015: News: Newspapers of Travis CountyMay 2015: Obit: GERMAN - Submitted by Jacque McDonnellMar 2015: Obit: HORTON - Submitted by Candi Horton
Feb 2015: Married News: HURT, IRELAND, JUHRIN, STAPLES, CULBERSON, TOWNSEND, ANDERSON, GOODRICH; Death News: ROBINSON, HAMILTON, PRIDGEON, GRAVES, HINTON, WASHINGTON, SHEEKS, MCFARLAND, MOORE, HONEY, HANCKE, HORTON, STERN, Sick List: KRON; Crime News: Barber Shop robbery; CRAWFORD, RUST; Court News: OWENS, HOLMAN, WALKER, STACY
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