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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

Howard County, Texas

Howard County Education, Geography, and History

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Howard County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 35,012. Its county seat is Big Spring. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1882. It is named for Volney E. Howard, a US Congressman from Texas.

Howard County is included in the Big Spring, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Howard County Name

Volney Eskine Howard, an US Representative from Texas


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Howard County History

Howard County is a county located in the US state of Texas. Its county seat is Big Spring. Howard County is named for Volney E. Howard, a US Congressman from Texas.

Handbook of Texas Online
Howard County was formed from Bexar County on August 21, 1876, and named for Volney Erskine Howard, a United States congressman from Texas in the 1840s and 1850s. It was attached to Mitchell County in 1881 for legal administration, then organized in 1882. Big Spring was designated as county seat. For a time Howard County was responsible for the legal administration of Lynn, Terry, Yoakum, Dawson, Cochran, Gaines, Andrews, Borden, and Martin counties. More at
Christopher Long, "HOWARD COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch20), 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 904 square miles (2,342 km2), of which, 903 square miles (2,338 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km2) of it (0.15%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Borden County (north)
  • Mitchell County (east)
  • Sterling County (southeast)
  • Glasscock County (south)
  • Martin County (west)


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