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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

Haskell County, Texas

Haskell County Education, Geography, and History

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Haskell County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 5,899. The county seat is Haskell. The county was created in 1858 and later organized in 1885. It is named for Charles Ready Haskell, who was killed in the Goliad massacre.

Etymology - Origin of Haskell County Name

Charles Ready Haskell, killed in the Goliad Massacre


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Haskell County History

Haskell County is a county located in the US state of Texas. IIt is named for Charles Ready Haskell, who was killed in the Goliad massacre. The seat of the county is Haskell

Handbook of Texas Online
In 1858 the Texas legislature formed Haskell County from lands formerly assigned to Milam and Fannin counties. Because of Indian hostility in the area, however, the county remained unsettled for nearly two decades. During this period several Indian fights took place in the county, including an engagement at Double Mountain on April 3, 1867 (see REYNOLDS, GEORGE THOMAS), and Capt. Adna R. Chaffee's fight on South Point (California) Creek near the Jones county line in March 1868. By 1876 the Indian menace had subsided, and the county was reestablished. J. Wright Mooar and other hunters operating out of Fort Griffin slaughtered the buffalo herds that roamed through the area; mustangs that frequented the springs in the county were rounded up in annual drives. Ranchers began moving into the area in 1877, when George T. Reynolds and John A. Matthews established their ranch headquarters on California Creek. In 1879 Thomas F. Tucker, remembering the description of the area written by his brother Dick, settled near the Matthews ranchhouse and began his own cattle operation. Sometime later W. R. Standifer, a former buffalo hunter, brought a flock of sheep to Willow Pond, or Rice Springs, near the center of the county. The 1880 census found forty-eight people living in the county; the agricultural census reported two ranches in the county that year More at
John Leffler, "HASKELL COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch10), 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 910 square miles (2,358 km2), of which, 903 square miles (2,339 km2) of it is land and 7 square miles (19 km2) of it (0.80%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Knox County (north)
  • Throckmorton County (east)
  • Shackelford County (southeast)
  • Jones County (south)
  • Stonewall County (west)


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