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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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Mitchell County, Texas

Mitchell County Education, Geography, and History

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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.

Etymology - Origin of Mitchell County Name

Asa Mitchell and Eli Mitchell, two early settlers and soldiers in the Texas Revolution

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Mitchell County History

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.

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Scurry County (north)
  • Nolan County (east)
  • Coke County (southeast)
  • Sterling County (south)
  • Howard County (west)
  • Borden County (northwest)

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