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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
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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Armstrong County Online Data
- Website Updates:
- Dec 2014:
News: Known Newspapers of Armstrong County
- Sept 2014:
History: 1914 County Description
- Aug 2014:
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
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
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,
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;
Lemmon-Dover, Ervin-Jackson, Moore-Doak; News - Court: Koenegay Received Not Guilty
Verdict; Wayside News: Wayside is
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
2014: Bio: HUFFHINES; Obit: SMOTHERMAN,
BARKER, ROY, BADGLEY, PHILLIPS, WILSON, HOLLMAN,
JAMES, COBB, ALEXANDER, HAMILTON, Marriage News:
WEAVER, LAUDERMINK, CARROLL, HAM, BARRETT, FINLEY;
Birthday News; BALLARD; Postoffices - Submitted by
Jan 2014: 1890
Veteran's census, WW2 Casualties
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