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Taylor County, Texas
In 1858 the Texas legislature established Taylor County, named for Alamo defenders Edward, James, and George Taylor, from lands formerly assigned to Bexar and Travis counties. Taylor County was attached to Travis and Bexar counties for judicial and administrative purposes until 1873, when these responsibilities were assigned to Eastland County. Its county seat is Abilene, Texas
Though the climate and land of Taylor County were hostile to agriculture, hopeful farmers experimented with different crops in the 1870s and 1880s, cultivating peaches, corn, wheat, and cotton. The spread of crop cultivation led to disputes between the cattlemen who favored the open range and the new farmers who sought to fence in their crops. This fence-cuttingqv war was on the brink of an armed exchange until the late 1880s, when the legislature passed new laws to regulate the sale, ownership,
and fencing of land.
[Excerpted from John Leffler, "TAYLOR COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
Cities and Towns
¤ Abilene ¤ Buffalo Gap ¤ Impact ¤ Lawn ¤
¤ Merkel ¤ Potosi ¤ Trent ¤ Tuscola ¤ Tye ¤