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Wise County Texas

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

Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY SA 3.0
WISE COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CITIES, TOWNS,  AND POPULATED PLACES

* Aurora * Bridgeport * Chico * Decatur (county seat) * Lake Bridgeport * New Fairview * Newark * Paradise * *Rhome * Runaway Bay * Alvord * Boyd * Briar * Balsora * Boonsville * Cottondale * Greenwood * Slidell *

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Website Updates:
Apr 2018: Death News: CAHPPELL
Jan 2018: Website redecorated and pages are mobile friendly; Bios: HART
June 2017: News: HENRY, COBERLY, MOSHER, BURNHAM
Feb 2017: News: RAMSEY, COLLINS, TERRELL, FULLER, ROBERTSON
 
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Surrounding Counties

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Cooke County (northeast)

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Parker County (south)

Jack County (west)

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