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McLennan County Texas
McLennan County was established by the Texas legislature on January 22, 1850, and named for Neil McLennan, one of the early settlers. The county government was organized in August 1850 with Waco as its county seat.
The completion of the Waco Suspension Bridge in 1870 provided a reliable means of crossing the Brazos River and made Waco a major center for trade. The Waco and Northwestern Railroad passed through Waco in 1872, laying track from Bremond to Ross and thereby giving McLennan County access to markets through the Houston and Texas Central.
Cotton was the dominant feature of McLennan County agriculture from the 1880s to the 1950s. As the cotton market recovered after Reconstruction, farmers new to the McLennan County area began cultivating the black, waxy soil in the eastern sections and found that cotton grew well there.Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY SA 3.0McLENNAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Bruceville-Eddy * Mart * McGregor * Bellmead * Beverly Hills * Gholson * Hallsburg * Hewitt *
* Lacy Lakeview * Leroy * Lorena * Moody * Riesel * Robinson * Ross * Waco (county seat) * West ** Woodway * Crawford * China Spring * Axtell * Downsville * Elm Mott * Harrison * Ocee * Speegleville *
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Online Data FamilyRecords MiscellaneousRecords SchoolRecords Wills andProbate Records Website Updates:
Apr 2018: Brick Walls: ROSS; Visiting News: MCKAMY, ROTAN, JACKSON, HORD, CLARK, WHEELER, HODGE, POPE, FORD, WARREN, CHRISTOPHERFeb 2018: Death News: REED; Crime News: ARMSTRONGJan 2018: Website redecorated and pages are mobile friendlyAug 2017: News: RECORD
Jun 2017: News: WARREN, ROOT, STOWAY - Transcribed by Robin Line; Biographies: ANDERSON
May 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
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