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Grimes County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 26,604. The seat of the county is Anderson. The county was formed from Montgomery County in 1846. It is named for Jesse Grimes, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early settler of the county
Jesse Grimes, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early settler of the future county
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Grimes County is a county located in the US state of Texas. Grimes is named for Jesse Grimes, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early settler of the county. The seat of the county is Anderson
Handbook of Texas Online
In 1830 the territory of what would become the county was incorporated into the new Viesca District, and in 1835 it became part of the newly organized Washington Municipality. The first post office in the area was established in December 1835 at the Fanthorp Inn, founded two years before by Englishman Henry Fanthorp. Settlers in this vicinity abandoned their homes in March and April of 1836 and to escape from the advancing Mexican army joined the mass eastward flight known as the Runaway Scrape. The area was quickly reoccupied after the battle of San Jacinto, and its development accelerated. It became part of Montgomery County, which was organized by the Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1837. On April 6, 1846, the first state legislature accepted the petition of local residents and established Grimes County, named in honor of Jesse Grimes, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence who was then representing the area in the state Senate. A vigorously contested election later in the year resulted in the designation of Anderson-recently platted in the center of the county-as the seat of government. In 1853 Madison County was carved out of northern Grimes County, which assumed its present boundaries in 1873, when Waller County was formed from territory in its southern extremity. More at
Charles Christopher Jackson, "GRIMES COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg11), accessed January 23, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 801 square miles (2,075 km2), of which, 794
square miles (2,055 km2) of it is land and 7 square miles (20 km2) of it (0.94%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: