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|Dimmit County is named for Philip Dimmitt, a major
figure in the Texas Revolution. The reason the county name
differs is due to the fact that the bill creating the county
misspelled Dimmitt's name. Dimmit County is not to be
confused with the city of Dimmitt, located approximately 520
miles north in Castro County. |
Between the Texas Revolution and the Mexican Warq
(1836-46), most of Dimmit County lay in the disputed area
between the Rio Grande and the Nueces River. Since neither the
Republic of Texas nor the Mexican government could establish
control over this strip of contested land, known at the time
as Wild Horse Desert or El Desierto Muerto (Dead Desert), it
became a haven for desperate characters. In 1858, Dimmit
County was officially formed from parts of Bexar, Webb,
Maverick, and Uvalde Counties. Dangers posed by outlaws and
unfriendly Indians, however, deterred settlement in the county
until after the Civil War. The first permanent settlement in
Dimmit County, Carrizo Springs, was founded in 1865 by a group
of fifteen families from Atascosa County.
was formally organized in 1880 with Carrizo Springs as county
seat. That same year, Levi English donated land for a county
courthouse, schools, and churches in the town. The Carrizo
Springs Javelin, the county's only
newspaper, was established in 1884. By 1885 the county seat
was described as a "flourishing town" with two churches, a
grocery, a livery stable, and a harness and boot
- * Asherton * Big Wells * Carrizo
Springs * Brundage * Winter Haven
* Catarine *
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