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Polk County Texas

Polk County, named after President James K. Polk, was one of twenty-three counties formed by the first state legislature of Texas in 1846. The boundaries established on March 30 closely followed those of the old northern division of Liberty Municipality, a subdivision of the Department of Nacogdoches established by the Mexican government in 1830. On August 13, 1870, the part of Polk County west of the Trinity became San Jacinto County. The present area of Polk County was fixed on March 11, 1875, when a portion of Trinity County was annexed. Livingston, formerly Springfield, was selected by a vote as the county seat in 1846, and the first commissioners' court met there in September. The town is still the county seat. The new county filled rapidly with American settlers between 1835 and 1860.
[Excerpted from: Richard B. McCaslin, "POLK COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association]


  The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is in Eastern Polk County.

Blanchard * Camden * Corrigan * Dallardsville * Goodrich * East Tempe *
Leggett * Livingston * Moscow * Onalaska * Seven Oaks * West Livingston (CDP)
Laurelia (ghost town)


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May 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
Sept 2016: County Records: 1891 Fugitives from Justice
Jun 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Mar 2016: Marriage News: HERRING, NAPPER

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