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Howard County Texas
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.
HOWARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE - 1914
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Big Spring * Coahoma * Elbow * Forsan * Knott * Lomax * Luther * Sand Springs * Vealmoor * Vincent *
* Soash * Ross City *
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Online Data ChurchRecords FamilyRecords MiscellaneousRecords SchoolRecords Wills/Probate Records Website Updates:
Sept 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendlyMay 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from JusticeAug 2016: Death News: EDDINS, REYNOLDS, SMITH - Transcribed by Danielle Swiney; Crime News: BAUER, MCDOWELL; Sick List News: WILSON; Community NewsJun 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersMar 2016: World War 1 Honor Roll
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