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surveyors from Cooke County in the north and Denton County to the east
mapped out the area, most of which was drawn from Cooke County. Wise
County was officially established by legislative act on January 23,
1856, and was named in honor of Henry A. Wise, a United States
Congressman from Virginia, who, during the 1840s, supported the
annexation of Texas.
The county seat,
Decatur (originally named Taylorsville), was selected by a countywide
election and, though challenged after the courthouse burned in 1895,
has remained the seat of government to the present.
History of Wise County:
From Red Men to Railroads, Twenty Years of Intrepid History Decatur,
Tex.: The Association, 1907
New Fairview Newark
Paradise Pecan Acres
Rhome Runaway Bay
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