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|The county is named for Junius
William Mottley, who died in the battle of San
spelling error was made when the county was named.) This
sparsely settled county comprises 959 square miles of rough
and broken terrain drained by the North Pease, Middle Pease,
and South Pease rivers and their tributaries.|
|Comanches of the Wanderers,
Liver-Eaters, and Downstream bands hunted buffalo and other
game in the area before white settlement, but were displaced
by the army's Indian campaigns of the 1870s. In 1876 the Texas
legislature formed Motley County from lands formerly assigned
to the Bexar District and attached the area to Crosby County
for judicial purposes.
|Sometime in the 1870s a
buffalo hunter named Ballard established a supply station at
the springs that now bear his name. In the mid-1870s Frank
Collinson was commissioned by Samuel R. Coggin to bring 8,000
of John S. Chisum's cattle to establish the first ranch in the
In 1890 the county had thirteen ranches,
encompassing 30,225 acres, and the local economy was almost
entirely devoted to cattle ranching. Settlers began to
move to the county in greater numbers in the early 1890s; an
incomplete 1891 tax roll listed 317 taxpayers. That same year
the county was organized, with Matador as county seat. Since
the General Land Office required a county seat to have twenty
businesses, Matador Ranch employees had opened temporary
stores stocked with ranch supplies. During the 1890s the
county was disturbed by friction between settlers and the
managers of the Matador Ranch, who attempted to control the
* Matador * Roaring Springs * Tee
Pee City * Flomot * Northfield *
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