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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.
William Mosby Eastland, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and the only officer to die as a result of the Black Bean executions
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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.
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.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Despite its small population, the county is home to two community colleges – Cisco College and Ranger College, located in their respective towns.