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The county is named for Henry Knox, the secretary of
war in George Washington's first cabinet.. The county seat is Benjamin. In
February 1858 the Texas legislature formed Knox County from lands formerly
assigned to Young and Bexar counties; because the area remained unsettled,
it was again decreed a county in 1876 and attached to Baylor County in
1879 for administrative purposes. In 1880 only three farms or ranches were
in operation in the county, and the census counted seventy-seven
residents. Settlers came in larger numbers between 1880 and 1900. Robert
D. Goree, who came as a cattleman to Northwest Texas in 1882, opened up
the land to agriculture by encouraging people from older states and other
Texas counties to move into Knox County. The county was organized in 1886,
with the town of Benjamin, founded by Hillary Bedford in 1884 and named
for his oldest son, as county seat.
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Knox City * Munday
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