Jones County, Texas
Jones County was established on February 1, 1858, from Bexar and Bosque counties. During the Civil War Indian raids forced the frontier back to the east, and the area was not settled for another fifteen years.
In 1872 the military post was reestablished, and a settlement was made on a stream four miles distant. The actions of Ranald S. Mackenzie and federal troops removed the Indian threat in the mid-1870s. Buffalo hunters were followed by bone haulers, and the last buffalo was seen in the county in 1879.
In 1880 John Merchant built a mesquite corral at the site of the future county seat, and Henry Foster put up the first wire fence in the county. The population of Jones County reached 546 that year, and when the county was organized in 1881 Jones City was declared the county seat. In 1882 the name of the county seat was changed to Anson.
[Excerpted from Mark Odintz, "JONES COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
Cities and Towns
Abilene (mostly in Taylor County) * Anson * Avoca * Hamlin (partly in Fisher County)
Hawley * Lueders * Nugent * Stamford (partly in Haskell County)