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District 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.

Pioneer History of Wise County: From Red Men to Railroads, Twenty Years of Intrepid History Decatur, Tex.: The Association, 1907 

Cities and Towns

Alvord     Aurora     Boyd     Briar     Bridgeport
Chico     Decatur     Greenwood
      Lake Bridgeport
New Fairview     Newark     Paradise     Pecan Acres
Rhome     Runaway Bay     Slidell

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Surrounding Counties:

Montague County (north)

Cooke County (northeast)

Denton County (east)

Tarrant County (southeast)

Parker County (south)

Jack County (west)






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