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Hardin County Texas

Hardin County was formed in 1858, from Jefferson and Liberty Counties, and was named for William Hardin, a member of a pioneer Texas family, according to the Almanac.   Census Records are available for 1860-1880.  Its records go back to the 1850's.

Hardin County is located on the flat coastal plains of Southeast Texas, roughly thirty miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The county is largely covered by the dense forest of the Big Thicket.  The seat of the county is Kountze.

Seeking the healing powers of the mud and mineral waters of a two-acre pond known to them as Medicine Lake, East Texas Indians began to visit the Sour Lake area of Hardin County long before the region became a part of the Atascosito District of Spanish and Mexican Texas.

Before the end of 1835 Stephen Jackson had founded a settlement at Sour Lake; by 1850 it was recognized as a health resort. Concord (now Loeb), a port town on Pine Island Bayou, developed soon after the Sour Lake settlement began. Saratoga, another health resort with medicinal springs, was also settled before the Civil War.  

After the revolution of 1836 the area was split between the jurisdictions of Liberty and Jefferson counties. By 1858 the region's population had increased sufficiently to warrant establishment of its own county government. In response, the state legislature established Hardin County.  Legislators specified that the county's name honor the Hardin family of Liberty.
[Excerpted from "Handbook of Texas Online" Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]


* Batson * Bragg * Honey Island * Kountze * Lumberton * Pinewood Estates * Rose Hill Acres * Saratoga
Silsbee * Sour Lake * Thicket * Votaw * Village Mills * Wildwood *


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Website Updates:
May 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
Sept 2016: Sick List News: KEMPLE; Crime News: HARRIS, MARSHALL, JOHNSON
Jun 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Mar 2016: World War 1 Honor Roll

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