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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

Floyd County, Texas

Floyd County Education, Geography, and History

Floyd County, Texas Courthouse

Floyd County is a county in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 6,446. The seat of the county is Floydada. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1890. It is named for Dolphin Ward Floyd, who died on his 32nd birthday, March 6, 1836, defending the Alamo.

Etymology - Origin of Floyd County Name

Dolphin Ward Floyd, who died on his thirty-second birthday, March 6, 1836 defending the Alamo


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Floyd County History

Floyd County is a county located in the US state of Texas. It is named for Dolphin Ward Floyd, who died on his 32nd birthday, March 6, 1836, defending the Alamo. The seat of the county is Floydada

Handbook of Texas Online
The move to organize Floyd County produced heated rivalry among its developing communities for the honor of being the county seat. Lockney, which became Della Plain's chief rival, was founded in 1889. In the spring of 1890 J. K. Gwynn appeared on the scene as a representative of Carolina V. Price, a Missouri native who owned numerous patented sections in Floyd County. Gwynn had one of the prize sections platted as Floyd City, another candidate for county seat. Lockney combined with Floyd City, and in the organization election on May 28, 1890, Floyd City won by a vote of 55 to 33. The election was subsequently contested in the district court and later in the Supreme Court, but its validity was sustained; Floyd City, renamed Floydada in 1892, remained the seat of local government, with A. B. Duncan serving as the first county judge. More at
H. Allen Anderson and Christopher Long, "FLOYD COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf05), accessed January 23, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 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 993 square miles (2,571 km2), of which, 992 square miles (2,570 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (1 km2) of it (0.03%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Briscoe County (north)
  • Motley County (east)
  • Crosby County (south)
  • Hale County (west)
  • Swisher County (northwest)


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