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Briscoe County is a county located in the state of Texas. As of 2010 census, the population was 1,637. Its county seat is Silverton. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1892. It is named for Andrew Briscoe, a soldier during the Texas Revolution.
Andrew Briscoe, a soldier during the Texas Revolution
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
The county was created in 1876. On March 15, 1892, the electorate officially organized the Briscoe county and chose Silverton as its seat. Briscoe is named for Andrew Briscoe, a soldier during the Texas Revolution.
Handbook of Texas Online
The town of Quitaque began in 1890 as a stage stop. Merchants and other businessmen also trickled in; in 1891 Thomas J. Braidfoot laid out the townsite of Silverton and led the movement for the organization of the county. By the spring of 1892 enough settlers had arrived to bring Braidfoot's plan to fruition. A petition was circulated, and on March 15, 1892, the electorate officially organized the county and chose Silverton as its seat. J. N. Stalbird was elected the first county judge, F. D. Fisher county attorney, R. I. Hanna treasurer, T. L. Anderson clerk, and Miner Crawford sheriff. By 1900 the population had grown to 1,253, and six school districts had been established. Immigrant farmers introduced various crops to the region before World War I, the most promising of which were wheat, sorghum, and cotton. Cotton was first grown in Briscoe County on an experimental basis but became one of the county's most important crops by 1930. In 1900 only eight acres of Briscoe County land was planted in cotton; in 1910 over 3,400 acres were devoted to the fiber, then 7,535 acres in 1920, and over 36,000 acres in 1929. The county's first gin was built in 1912. More at
Donald R. Abbe and H. Allen Anderson, "BRISCOE COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb15), accessed January 23, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 902 square miles (2,335 km2), of which, 901 square miles (2,332 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.15%) is water.
Briscoe County is on the edge of the Texas High Plains along the eastern Caprock escarpment, which separates the Llano Estacado from the
Bordering counties are as follows:
Silverton Independent School District
Clarendon Independent School District partial
Turkey-Quitaque Independent School District partial