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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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Grimes County, Texas

Grimes County Education, Geography, and History

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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

Etymology - Origin of Grimes County Name

Jesse Grimes, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early settler of the future county

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Grimes County History

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.

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Madison County (north)
  • Walker County (northeast)
  • Montgomery County (southeast)
  • Waller County (south)
  • Washington County (southwest)
  • Brazos County (west)

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