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Castro County Texas
The area now known as Castro County was once occupied by Apaches, who were forced out of the region by Comanches around 1720. The Comanches ruled the Panhandle-Plains area until they were defeated by the United States Army in the Red River War of 1874. The Indians were confined to reservations in Indian Territory during 1875 and 1876. Buffalo hunters arrived in the region in 1876 and by the early 1880s had eliminated the last remnants of the formerly huge herds. The Texas legislature established Castro County in 1876.
Castro County is named for Henri Castro, who was consul general to France for the Republic of Texas and founder of a colony in Texas. Its county seat is Dimmitt.
Between 1890 and 1900 Castro County slowly developed but remained a sparsely populated stock-farming and ranching region. Some settlers arrived in the nineties to claim land for agricultural or commercial uses.On March 4, 1890, the Bedford Town and Land Development Company was formed in Grayson County with H. G. Bedford as president. On May 27, the company, eager to establish a county seat for Castro County, bought a section of land near the center of the county, dug a well, built a water tower, and platted a town. The new town was called Dimmitt because of the close bond between H. G. Bedford and the Rev. W. C. Dimmitt, a partner in the venture.Photo by Billy Hathorn CC BY-SA 3.0CASTRO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
* Dimmitt (County seat) * Hart * Nazareth * Hilburn * Summerfield * Sunnyside *
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Online Data CensusRecords ChurchRecords FamilyRecords MiscellaneousData SchoolRecords Wills/Probate Records Website Updates:Oct 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendlyMay 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from JusticeAug 2016: Visiting News: JONES, CASH, LAIRD, BELL, BOYD, MCDANIEL, MARTIN, RAMEY, SMITH, BARBER, COOPER, DIXON; Death News: BURKETMay 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersFeb 2016: World War I Draft Registration Cards: ANSLEY, ARIZMENDIZ, AUSTIN, AXE, AXTELL, AYERS
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