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This is one of the smallest counties in the state, with a
total area of 117,760 acres. This territory was originally comprised
in Hood County, and the new county was created March 13, 1875, in
response to a petition from residents in North Bosque and South Hood
counties. The Brazos River flows through the eastern half of the
county, and the topography is one of rocky hills with many small
valleys of fertile lands. Though railroads have circled the county on
all sides, it is as yet without rail transportation, and its
development has consequently been backward. The soil and climate favor
the production of fruit and small crops, but farming and stock raising
are still the substantial industries. Almost the entire county is
underlaid by a basin of artesian water, and there are several hundred
artesian wells in the vicinity of Glen Rose. A recent report of the
geological survey states that about thirty thousand acres of the
valley lands in the artesian belt are capable of economical
irrigation. Since the organization of the county the seat of
government has been at Glen Rose, and there is no other important town
in the county.
The county is named for Alexander Somervell, Secretary of
War for the Republic of Texas.
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