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|Childress is named for
George Campbell Childress, the author of the Texas Declaration
of Independence. Its county seat is Childress. Apaches
occupied the area from about 1600 to about 1700, when the more
warlike Comanches entered the region to begin a rule of the
Panhandle and South Plains of Texas until they were crushed by
the United States Army in the Red River War of 1874. As the
Comanches retreated to reservations in Indian Territory during
1875 and 1876, buffalo hunters spread across the area. By the
late 1870s the buffalo herds were exterminated and ranchers
entered the local picture. The Texas legislature formed
Childress County in 1876.|
Farms began to be established in the
Childress County in the 1880s after the Fort Worth and Denver
City extended its tracks into the area. This railroad began
construction of its line from Fort Worth to the Texas-New
Mexico border in 1881 and crossed into Childress County in
April 1887. Organization of the county soon
|A move to organize the
county began even as the rails were being laid across it. A
lively competition for the role of county seat developed
between two townsites: Childress City, favored by most of the
county residents, and Henry, the site favored by the railroad.
In an election held in April 1887, county residents chose
Childress City as their county seat, but soon changed their
minds to accommodate demands and threats leveled by the
railroad company. The Fort Worth and Denver City threatened
not to stop in Childress City unless the election results were
reversed, and sweetened its demand by offering lot owners in
Childress City equal lots in Henry, the railroad's town. Using
these tactics the FW&DC was able to force a new election
in July 1887, and in the second election Henry became the
county seat; its name was changed to Childress. The old
Childress City disappeared as all its buildings were moved to
the new town.|
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- Website Updates:
- July 2014:
- 1890 Veterans Schedule - Transcribed
by Vicki Bryan
- Obit: GREENROYD - Transcribed by
- Obit: PATTON - Transcribed by Glenda
- Obit; SHIELDS - Transcribed by Sue P.
- Obit: PRESTON - Transcribed by
- Obit; WEDDINGTON - Transcribed by
- Obit: EBLEN, MILLS, -
Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title
- Obit: COVEY, INMAN, LISENBEE,
LOAR, LONG, - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan
- Obit: ARNOLD, CLOYD, EHRLE, HAYS,
JOHNSON, LINDOP, MUMPUS, PATTON, PERKINS,
SOLOMON, - Transcribed by Camellia
- June 2014:
Cemeteries; History of Childress County, Bios: ALBERT, BARNES, BIGGERSTAFF, COCHRAN,
CRAWFORD, CZEWSKI, ESTES, FIRES, GROSS, HAMILTON,
HUNT, JONES, LISENBY, McFERRAN, SMITH, UNDERWOOD,
WILLIAMS - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Obit: SOLOMON, ADKISSON -
Transcribed by Camellia; History of Texas as Told by County Names -
Transcribed by Sandi King;
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