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Mitchell County is a county in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 9,403. Its county seat is Colorado City. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1881. It is named for Asa Mitchell and Eli Mitchell, two early settlers and soldiers in the Texas Revolution.
Asa Mitchell and Eli Mitchell, two early settlers and soldiers in the Texas Revolution
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Mitchell County is a county in the US state of Texas. Its seat is Colorado City. The county is named for Asa Mitchell and Eli Mitchell, two early settlers and soldiers in the Texas Revolution.
Handbook of Texas Online
In 1876 the Texas legislature formed Mitchell County from the Bexar District; since it had virtually no permanent settlers at the time, the county was assigned to Shackelford County for administrative purposes. During the late 1870s settlers began to enter. The early settlers in the county, mostly buffalo hunters, included J. Wright and John W. Mooar, George Wandell, and I. F. Byler. In 1880 the census counted 112 residents in the county. As a result of population growth in the late 1870s, elections were held on January 10, 1881, to organize Mitchell County. Colorado City was chosen the county seat, and J. R. Dobbins became the first county judge. A. W. Dunn, generally known as the "father" of Colorado City because he owned the first store there, became the first county treasurer. Cattlemen first moved into the county with their herds in the late 1870s; until the early twentieth century the economy of Mitchell County was dominated by cattle ranching More at
Julius A. Amin and John Leffler, "MITCHELL COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcm15), 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 916 square miles (2,372 km2), of which, 910
square miles (2,357 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km2) of it (0.64%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: