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Dallas County Court House
In 1845 voters in the future
Dallas County approved the annexation of Texas to the United States by a vote
of 29 to 3. On March 30, 1846, Dallas County was officially formed by order of
the state legislature from portions of Nacogdoches and Robertson counties, and
named probably for George Mifflin Dallas, vice president of the United States
under James K. Polk . At Dallas, the temporary county seat, a log cabin was
built to serve as a courthouse. In 1850 an election was held to find a
permanent county seat.
In 1861, since Dallas County was the food-producing center for North
Texas, the Confederate government established a general quartermaster's and
commissary headquarters for the army of the Trans-Mississippi Department
Throughout its history Dallas County had a vigorous
Hispanic population, but it was difficult to detect in official records
because until the 1960s Mexican Americans were listed as white in the census
and were not enumerated as a separate group.
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