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Potter County Texas
In 1876 the Texas legislature formed Potter County from the Bexar District, and ranchers soon found their way into the area. Most of the first Caucasian residents were employees of cattlemen who took their herds into the county. In 1877 David T. Beals and W. H. Bates established their LX Ranch headquarters on Ranch Creek, near the north bank of the Canadian. The range of George W. Littlefield's LIT Ranch extended into the western portion of the county. In 1880 the census found twenty-eight people, two of whom were black, living on the three ranches that had been established in the county by that time.
Settlement of Potter County increased dramatically with the construction of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway across the Panhandle in 1887. A construction camp grew overnight into a tent and buffalo-hut settlement known as Ragtown. When Oldham County officials ordered an election held on August 30 for the purpose of organizing Potter County, several townsites vied to be county seat.
The election returns favored Berry's townsite, which was renamed Amarillo. The railroad was completed into the town in October 1887, soon after the elections, and a post office was established there the next month. People from surrounding townsites began to move to the new county seat. The county's first newspaper, the Amarillo Champion, began publication in May 1888, and that same year a school was established in the town.
1934 POTTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Amarillo * Bishop Hills * Ady * Boden * Bushland * Chunky * Cliffside *
* Gentry * Gluck * Juilliard * Marsh * Mayer * Puente * St. Francis *
* Dumas Junction * Folsom * Pleasant Valley * Pullman * Soncy *
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Oct 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendlyAug 2017: Crime News: BOLTON, PADGETT, Court News: BAINE, FOSTER, DAVISON, NUNN, WELDMAN, Visiting News: PORCH, HARDING, JOHNSON, LIPSCOMBMay 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from JusticeAug 2016: County Records: 1891 Fugitives from JusticeMay 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersFeb 2016:World War 1 Honor Roll
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