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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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Hartley County, Texas

Hartley County Education, Geography, and History

Hartley County, Texas Courthouse

Hartley County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 6,062. The county seat is Channing. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1891. It is named for Oliver C. Hartley and his brother, Rufus K. Hartley, two early Texas legislators and lawyers.

Etymology - Origin of Hartley County Name

Oliver Cromwell Hartley and Rufus K. Hartley, two early Texas legislators and lawmakers

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Hartley County History

Hartley County is a county located in the US state of Texas. It is named for Oliver C. Hartley and Rufus K. Hartley, two early Texas legislators and lawyers. The county seat is Channing.


Handbook of Texas Online
In 1891 the county was organized with the tiny town of Hartley as county seat. County judge Rucker Tanner presided over a commissioners' court made up of Dick Pincham, W. C. Ferguson, George W. Knighton, and G. W. Lambert. Ben Lawson became the county clerk, and J. M. Robinson was made sheriff. M. Montoya became the tax assessor-collector, and J. H. Little was named county attorney. After an election in 1896, the county government was moved to Channing, where it remained despite periodic attempts to move it again; in 1903 a final election confirmed Channing as the county seat. In 1898 a weekly newspaper, the Channing Courier, was started More at
Donald R. Abbe, "HARTLEY COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch09), accessed January 24, 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 1,463 square miles (3,790 km2), of which, 1,462 square miles (3,787 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.06%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Dallam County (north)
  • Moore County (east)
  • Oldham County (south)
  • Quay County, New Mexico (southwest)
  • Union County, New Mexico (northwest)

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