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Officially formed in 1876, the county is named
for Royal Tyler Wheeler, a chief justice of the Texas Supreme
In 1879, Mobeetie (then
known as Sweetwater) was named the county seat.
The town of Wheeler was designated as the county
seat in 190
In the spring of 1874
an outpost, called Hidetown or Sweetwater, was established on
Sweetwater Creek, in the northwestern part of what is now Wheeler
County. To curb Indian escapes from Indian Territory, in June 1875
the United States Army established a post near Hidetown. It was
named Fort Elliott in 1876 and remained operative until 1890,
providing both protection and economic benefits for newly arrived
residents. In 1878 the first post office in the Panhandle was
established there. As the Indian threat diminished in 1875 and 1876,
settlers began to congregate around Fort Elliott and Hidetown, and
in 1876 the Texas state legislature established Wheeler County from
lands formerly assigned to the Bexar and Young districts. As the
buffalo were hunted out of existence, cattle ranching began to
develop in the area, and former buffalo hunters, discharged
soldiers, and newly arriving ranchers settled into the county. In
1879 the local residents petitioned for county organization. On
April 12, 1879, Wheeler County became the first organized county in
the Panhandle, with fourteen other unorganized counties attached to
it. The small camp of Sweetwater was chosen to be the county seat;
the settlement was renamed Mobeetie in 1880, when a post office was
[Excerpted from Donald R. Abbe and John Leffler,
"WHEELER COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas
State Historical Association.]
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- Website Updates:
- Sept 2014: Mil: WW2 Honor Roll
- July 2014: History of county name -
transcribed by Ann Cassel; Obit: O'GRADY - Transcribed by Debby
Cavalcante; Obit: JACOBS, REEVES,
- Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer; Obit:
ESTES, LEE, LEWIS, - Transcribed by Bobby
Dobbins Title; Obit:
HEFLEY, JACOBS, ROOSER, - Transcribed by Sue P.
- Obit: GONZALES, MALIN, WESTBROOK,
- Transcribed by Susan Geist; Obit: GONZALES, WESTBROOK, WOOLLARD -
Transcribed by AFoFGmz; Obit: GARDNER, HARDIN,
HENDERSON, PRICE, - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan;
Obit: HILBURN, KOHLS,
MARTIN, O'GORMAN, ROACH, - Transcribed by
- June 2014: Bio: BROWNING -
Transcribed by Joseph Rose; Obit:
ROGERS, TRIMBLE - Transcribed by Sue Carpenter;
Agricultural History - Transcribed
by Kelli Stachurski; History and
Biographical - Transcribed by Susan Geist;
1890 Veterans Schedule -
Transcribed by Vicki Bryan;
Jan 2014: County
Officials 1896-1900, 1904; 1883
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