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is named for James Hughes Callahan, a soldier during theTexas
The county seat is Baird.
Between 1858 and 1877, Callahan County was attached
successively to Bexar County, Travis County,and Eastland County for
administrative and judicial purposes. In 1877 the residents, more
than 150 strong, signeda petition requesting the organization of
Callahan County. At the election of July 3, 1877, Callahan City
becamethe first county seat, a position the town retained only until
the election of October 13, 1877, when Belle Plainwas voted in as
the new county seat. An election on January 16, 1883, made Baird the
new county seat.
During the 1880s extensive farming was
introduced. Settlers from East Texas began farming in the area
around Cottonwoodin the mid-1880s, raising cotton, oats, and various
varieties of fruit. Despite the impressive growth of
agriculture,however, ranching continued to form the mainstay of the
economy. The total number of cattle in the county duringthe period
from 1890 and 1930 ranged between 25,000 and 35,000. Most were beef
cattle, although dairying becamemore popular after the turn of the
century, and for a time the county was a major producer of
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Church Histories / Records
Bibles and Records
2014: bio for SCARBOROUGH; court news for EDWARDS;
marriage announcement for JONES-HOWELL; Crime news for
Oct 2013: bios
for ANDERSON, BELL, HUTCHESON; obits for BARS, BLAKELEY,
CARTER, COPPINS, GONZALES, PRICE; Crime news re:
LEEPER, AGOS/BARGOS/ STEWART, WATHEN; community
and gossip news
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