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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

Kent County, Texas

Kent County Education, Geography, and History

Kent County, Texas Courthouse

Kent County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 808, making it the sixth-least populous county in Texas. Its county seat is Jayton. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1892. It is named for Andrew Kent, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.

Etymology - Origin of Kent County Name

Andrew Kent, who died at the Battle of the Alamo


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Kent County History

Kent County is a county located in the US state of Texas. Its county seat is Jayton, and the county is named for Andrew Kent, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.

Handbook of Texas Online
Kent County was marked off in 1876 from Bexar and Young counties and named for Andrew Kent, one of the so-called "Immortal Thirty-two" from Gonzales, who became immortal by dying at the Alamo (some scholars question that the number was thirty-two, or that they were all from Gonzales). Until Kent County was organized, Scurry County assumed the duties of judicial administration. Cattleman R. L. Rhomberg settled in Kent County in 1888 and named a midcounty settlement Clairemont for his daughter, Claire. The county did not attract many settlers. In 1890 the census counted only 324 residents, scattered over forty-eight farms and ranches. Almost 4,200 cattle were counted in Kent County that year, but farming of the four major county crops (corn, oats, wheat, and cotton) occupied less than 500 acres total. In 1891 a conflict arose between fence-cutting ranchers and nesters who tried to fence their farms against cattle. Much of the northeastern part of the county was included in the great SMS ranches, a complex of some 300,000 acres originally established by S. M. Swenson. More at
William R. Hunt, "KENT COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hck05), 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 903 square miles (2,339 km2), of which, 902 square miles (2,337 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (2 km2) of it (0.06%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Dickens County (north)
  • Stonewall County (east)
  • Fisher County (southeast)
  • Scurry County (south)
  • Garza County (west)


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