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Howard County was formed from Bexar County on August 21, 1876, and named for Volney Erskine Howard, a United States congressman from Texas in the 1840s and 1850s. It was attached to Mitchell County in 1881 for legal administration, then organized in 1882. Big Spring was designated as county seat.

Construction of the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881 benefited Howard County and particularly Big Spring, where a railroad-maintenance shop provided a stable payroll. The arrival of the railroad also spurred the growth of Big Spring into a major trading center.

During the 1880s and 1890s the population grew rapidly. In 1880 the entire county had a population of only fifty; by 1900 the number of residents had increased to 2,525. Among the county's notable residents in its early years was Harvey Wallace Caylor, who in 1893 moved to Big Spring, where he painted portraits and western scenes and wrote for western magazines.

Cities, Towns and Communities

Big Spring

Sand Springs


State Bird

Website Updates
Dec 2009: 1880 Census for Texas Ranger Camp and the rest of Howard County; 1883 Pensioners; Marriage Licenses; Obit for TOWLER; Legal Notices (Divorces)
Jan 2009: Death record for LILLY; Birth record for SCOTT; Marriage record for SCOTT-WALTON

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Surrounding Counties

Borden County (north)
Mitchell County (east)
Sterling County (southeast)
Glasscock County (south)
Martin County (west)

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