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Texas is divided into 254 counties, more than any other U.S. 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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King County, Texas

King County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Guthrie
Year Organized: 1850
Square Miles: 912
Court House:

PO Box 127
County Courthouse
Guthrie, TX 79236-0127

Etymology - Origin of County Name

William Phillip King, who died at the Battle of the Alamo


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County History

King County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas.Its county seat is Guthrie. King County has the third-smallest population of any county in the United States, ranking ahead of only Loving County, Texas and Kalawao County, Hawaii. The county was named for William Philip King, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.

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 buffaloqv 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 Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "," (accessed November 6, 2008).


According to the US 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.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Cottle County (north)
  • Foard County (northeast)
  • Knox County (east)
  • Stonewall County (south)
  • Dickens County (west)


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