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Johnson County is part of the
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and its county seat is Cleburne. Its
name came from Middleton T. Johnson, who had served in the Mexican
War, on the Texas frontier, and in the Civil War, and was later a
The County's first county seat was Wardville, located
at the present site of Lake Pat Cleburne. In 1856 Buchanan
became the county seat. In 1867 Johnson County was split, and
the western half became Hood County. Camp Henderson became the
new county seat and the settlement was renamed Cleburne in honor of
Confederate General Patrick Cleburne.
The first settler of Johnson county was Henry Briden who
lived in a log cabin on the Nolan River. His log cabin is still in
This county lies above the line of the Pacific railroad (32°),
and is in the midst of the wheat region. It is of quite recent
organization: the lands are good and very cheap; the prairies are said
to be of the best quality. We learn that the population is
increasing, by large and substantial additions of emigrants. The
famous heights, "Pilot Knob" and "Camanche Peak,"
are in this county.
Distance from Matagorda to the centre is 250 miles, and from Port
Lavacca is 250 miles.
Source: D. E. E. BRAMAN,1857 [Transcribed by: C. Horton]
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