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Armstrong County, Texas

Although the county was marked off from the Bexar County in 1876, it remained unorganized until 1890, when the growing population felt the need for a local government. Accordingly, the county was organized in March of that year, with Claude as the county seat.

Ranching came to Armstrong County and the Panhandle with Charles Goodnight and John Adair. In the 1876 Goodnight brought a herd of 1,600 cattle into the Pala Duro Canyon. A short time later, in 1877, he formed a partnership with John G. Adair from Ireland. Their ranch, the JA, grew to emcompass over 1,335,000 acres by the early 1880s. This included most of Armstrong County and parts of five surrounding counties. Although the partnership ended and the assets were divided in 1886, the two ranches continued to dominate the area well into the twentieth century.

During 1887 the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad built across the county as it extended its line from Fort Worth across North Texas to New Mexico and Colorado. This provided the local ranchers with improved access to markets and eventually encouraged settlers to enter the area. Homesteaders, intending to raise stock crops, began to trickle into the county in the late 1880s. They initially settled near the townsites laid out by the railroad: Washburn, Claude and Goodnight.
[Excerpted from Donald R. Abbe, "ARMSTRONG COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online.  Published by the Texas State Historical Association]

Cities and Towns
* Claude * Goodnight * Wayside * Washburn *


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Website Updates:
Dec 2014: News: Known Newspapers of Armstrong County
Sept 2014: History: 1914 County Description
Aug 2014: NEWS: Claude Community News: Prospective County Site of Armstrong County, Claude Celebrates as the Recently Chosen Capital of Armstrong County, Claude Improvements and Planting, Clause Gets a Jail, Builders Arrived for Jail , Claude to have a New Cotton Gin, Claude Beginning to Grow, New Milling Plant Opened, New Community Home Opened at Claude Miscellaneous News: 1891 Crops and Weather, Mary A. Goodnight's Buffalo, Goodnight's Buffaloes; M Bar Ranch Sold, Mr. Puryear's Sweet Potatoes, Barney Conner's Hogs, State Considering Purchasing Goodnight Buffalo Herd, Teachers in Armstrong County Plan School Fair During Picnic, Thanksgiving in Armstrong County, Farm Bureau is Organized; Community News: Educational Rally at Wayside, Henry Bishop District Attorney Candidate, Armstrong County to be Surveyed, Thresher Outfits Busy With Wheat, Armstrong County Orchards, Modern Machinery Will Harvest Grain of Armstrong County; Fires and Accident News: Oliver Children Burned to Death, 1908 Prairie Fires, Thompson Child Falls into Vat of Boiling Lard; Crime News: Murder of James A. Moore by Walter Hutchison, Dick Bivins Murdered, Tramp Arrested for Theft, Washburn News: News from 1892 and 1895, News from1908; Obit: Belle Miller Rice, Jesse S. McClure, Henry Fisher, J. H. Hamner; Wayside Gossip: October 1901; May 1902; April, June, July 1909; Claude Gossip: January 1914; Misc Gossip: 1914; News-Marriage: Stockett-McGee, Kight-Stewart, Lemmon-Dover, Ervin-Jackson, Moore-Doak; News - Court: Koenegay Received Not Guilty Verdict; Wayside News: Wayside is Developing
Jul 2014: Bio: JOHNSON - Transcribed by Mary Saggio; History of County Name - Transcribed by Joseph Rose; Obit: COBB - Transcribed by Camellia; Obit: EPTING - Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer; Obit; MCFARLAND - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Obit: DENNIS, HUNTER, KARR, MCFARLAND - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title; History: BK - History of Armstrong County Vol 1 - Transcribed by FoFGmz, Susan Geist, Sandra Stutzman, Vicki Bryan,  Larry Lakey, Richard Ramos, Joseph Rose, Terry Duffy, Sue P. Carpenter, Liz Dellinger, Bobby Dobbins Title, Mary Saggio, Nina Kramer, Jean Hanson; History: BK - History of Armstrong County Vol 2 - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan, Larry Lakey, Jackie McCarty, Sandra Stutzman, Bobby Dobbins Title, Mary Saggio, Susan Geist, Liz Dellinger, Jean Hanson, FoFGmz, Nina Kramer, Sue P. Carpenter, Nancy Overlander, Glenda Stevens, Terry Duffy
Jan 2014: 1890 Veteran's census, WW2 Casualties



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