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Following the annexation of Texas by the
United States in 1845 a number of forts were built to restrain the
Indian attacks and protect the Americans moving to the region. A
second series of forts was built, including Camp J. E. Johnston
(1852) in northwest Tom Green County and Fort Chadbourne (1852) in
the area of modern Coke County, thirty miles up Owl Creek from its
confluence with the Colorado River. The Butterfield Overland Mail
stage line followed in 1857, west through Carlsbad, across the
headwaters of the Middle Concho River, on to Horsehead Crossing on
the Pecos River, and El Paso. The stage line was abandoned, as was
Fort Chadbourne, with the outbreak of the Civil War.
A major factor in the development of agriculture
was the first rail connection completed in September of 1888 by the
Santa Fe Railroad. This provided direct access to market for cattle,
sheep, goats, and wool and other products. By the turn of the
century an estimated 3,500 to 5,000 railroad cars of cattle were
shipped annually making San Angelo the largest range cattle-shipping
station in the United States. A second rail connection
was completed in 1908 by the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway.
The decade of the 1880s ended with the incorporation of San Angelo
as a city and the closing of Fort Concho in 1889. The Indians had
been subdued and confined to the reservation. The frontier was gone.
The first electric light plant was built in 1890, and the first
sewer system was completed in 1895. The population
increased gradually to 5,152 in 1890 and to 6,804 in
[Excerpted from John C. Henderson, "TOM GREEN COUNTY,"
Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical
On the 8th of
January, 1864, five hundred rangers, under Captains Gillentine,
Fossett, and Totten, met and defeated two thousand Comanche Indians
on Dove Creek in what is now Tom Green County. This was one of the
last pitched battles fought with Indians on Texas soil. [Davis, M. E. M., "Under six flags : the story
of Texas" Boston: Ginn & Co., 1897]
Angelo * Grape Creek * Christoval * Ben Ficklin * Carlsbad *
Mereta * Tankersley * Vancourt * Veribest * Wall
* Water Valley *
Harriett (ghost town)
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- Website Updates:
2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Korean
2014: Mil: WW2 Honor Roll; History: 1914
County Description and Overview
2014: Obit: MILLER - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan;
Obit: RIVERIA - Transcribed by
Bobby Dobbins Title; Obit: WILSON
- Transcribed by Camellia; Obit:
MATTHEW - Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer
2014: Gossip News: Church News; Sick
List: BOWMAN;Obits: CARMICHAEL, JACKSON, PENA; Birth
News: HOOKER, KARNES, BEACH; Bio: MANN - Transcribed
by Susan Geist, Bio: KLECK, DAVENPORT; Marriage News: COLE, MAPES, KONTZ,
BONE, DORAN, BRUMLEY, BOWSER, THOMPSON, STUBBLEFIELD,
OVERSTREET, CHILDRESS, MEEKS, BURK, WILSON
2014: 1883 Pensioners; Marriage license
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