King County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 286, making it the second-least populous county in Texas and the third-least populous of any county in the United States. King County has no incorporated communities. Its county seat is the Census Designated Place of Guthrie The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1891. It is named for William Philip King, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.
William Phillip King, who died at the Battle of the Alamo
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Apache and Comanche were early tribes in the area. The Red River War of 1874-1875 was a United States Army campaign to
force the removal of Natives in Texas and their relocation to reservations, to open the region to white settlers.
On August 21, 1876, the Texas legislature formed King County from Bexar County. By 1880 the United States Census counted forty residents in the county. In 1891, the county was organized. Guthrie was designated as the county seat. The county was named for William Philip King, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.
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The area that is now King County was occupied by Apache Indians until the early eighteenth century, when Comanches moved into the region. Comanches of the Wanderers band controlled the area until the late nineteenth century. The material culture of the Wanderers reflected the tribe's nomadic habits. Their tepees were easily moved and set up as they roamed the area hunting buffalo and other game, as well as the several plants the group used for food. Like other Comanche bands, the Wanderers were fierce warriors, skilled horsemen, and relentless raiders. In the 1870s the United States Army pushed the Indians out of the area and opened the region to white settlement. On August 21, 1876, the Texas legislature formed King County from lands previously assigned to Bexar County. By 1880 the United States Census counted forty residents in the county. Some of the earliest settlers were Isom Lynn, A. C. Tackett, Brants Baker, and Bud Arnett. In 1890 there were twenty ranches and farms encompassing 4,413 acres in the county, and the population had grown to 173. In 1891, the county was organized, with the small town of Guthrie designated as the county seat. By 1900 the county had fifty-three farms and ranches, encompassing more than 480,232 acres. The population had grown to 490 More at
John Leffler, "KING COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hck08), accessed January 24, 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 913 square miles (2,366 km2), of which, 912
square miles (2,363 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.11%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: