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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.


The 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 shop.




Big Wells
Carrizo Springs


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Military Data


Early History

The English Family

Texas Rangers Buried at Mt. Hope, Carrizo Springs, Dimmit, Texas

December 2011 --
Military - 1883 Pensioners on the Roll



Surrounding Counties

Zavala County (north)
Frio County (northeast)
La Salle County (east)
Webb County (south)
Maverick County (west)

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