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Floyd County Texas
On August 21, 1876, the Texas legislature formed Floyd County, named for the Alamo martyr Dolphin Ward Floyd, as one of the fifty-four counties established from the Bexar and Young territories. In 1884 Arthur B. Duncan and his family became the county's first settlers when they located in Blanco Canyon a short distance above Henry Clay (Hank) Smith's ranch in Crosby County.
The move to organize Floyd County produced heated rivalry among its developing communities for the honor of being the county seat. Lockney, which became Della Plain's chief rival, was founded in 1889. In the spring of 1890 J. K. Gwynn appeared on the scene as a representative of Carolina V. Price, a Missouri native who owned numerous patented sections in Floyd County.
Gwynn had one of the prize sections platted as Floyd City, another candidate for county seat. Lockney combined with Floyd City, and in the organization election on May 28, 1890, Floyd City won by a vote of 55 to 33. The election was subsequently contested in the district court and later in the Supreme Court, but its validity was sustained; Floyd City, renamed Floydada in 1892, remained the seat of local government, with A. B. Duncan serving as the first county judge.
[Excerpted from H. Allen Anderson and Christopher Long, "FLOYD COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
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Apr 2018: Calamity News: 1911 Fire at FloydadaSept 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendlyMay 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from JusticeAug 2016: Weather News; Community News; Death News: BISHOPJul 2016: Obits: RIGDON - Submitted by Danielle SwineyJun 2016: Obits: SCOTT - Submitted by Danielle SwineyMay 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersMar 2016: World War I Honor Roll
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