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Texas is divided into two hundred and fifty-four counties, more than any other state. Texas was originally divided into municipalities, a unit of local government under Spanish and Mexican rule. When the Republic of Texas gained its independence in 1836, there were 23 municipalities, which became the original Texas counties. Many of these would later be divided into new counties. The most recent county to be created was Kenedy County in 1921. The most recent county to be organized was Loving County in 1931

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Eastland County, Texas

Eastland County Education, Geography, and History

Eastland County, Texas Courthouse

Eastland County is a county located in West Central Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 18,583. The county seat is Eastland. The county was founded in 1858 and later organized in 1873. It is named for William Mosby Eastland, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and the only officer to die as a result of the so-called "Black Bean executions" of the ill-fated Mier Expedition.

Etymology - Origin of Eastland County Name

William Mosby Eastland, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and the only officer to die as a result of the Black Bean executions

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Eastland County History

Eastland County is a county located in the US state of Texas. It is named for William Mosby Eastland, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and the only officer to die as a result of the Black Bean executions. The county seat is Eastland

Handbook of Texas Online
The first Anglo presence in the region cannot be positively documented, but in 1837 W. A. A. (Big Foot) Wallace might have entered what later became Eastland County with a surveying expedition. Among the first settlers in the county was Frank S?chez, a Mexican American who arrived in the area in the 1850s. By 1858 residents included the families of John Flannegan (or Flannagan) from Kentucky, W. H. Mansker from Arkansas, W. C. McGough and James Ellison from Georgia, J. M. Ellison from Texas, and the Gilbert boys from Alabama. That year the Texas legislature formed Eastland County from land formerly assigned to Bosque, Coryell, and Travis counties; the county was attached to Palo Pinto County for judicial purposes. More at
John Leffler, "EASTLAND COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hce01), accessed January 23, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 932 square miles (2,414 km2), of which, 926 square miles (2,398 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (16 km2) of it (0.63%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Stephens County (north)
  • Palo Pinto County (northeast)
  • Erath County (east)
  • Comanche County (southeast)
  • Brown County (south)
  • Callahan County (west)
  • Shackelford County (northwest)

Education

Despite its small population, the county is home to two community colleges – Cisco College and Ranger College, located in their respective towns.

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