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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

San Jacinto County, Texas

San Jacinto County Education, Geography, and History

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San Jacinto County is a county in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 26,384. Its county seat is Coldspring. The county's name comes from the Battle of San Jacinto which, in 1836, secured Texas' independence from Mexico and established a republic.

Etymology - Origin of San Jacinto County Name

the Battle of San Jacinto, which won Texas its independence from Mexico


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San Jacinto County History

San Jacinto County is a county located in the US state of Texas Its seat is Coldspring

Handbook of Texas Online
The original inhabitants of San Jacinto County probably belonged to either the Atakapa or the Patiri Indian tribes. Little is known about the latter group except the name. The Atakapans sparsely populated the area and hunted game such as deer and bear. Anglo-American settlement began in the lower Trinity River region during the 1820s. Numerous Mexican land grants were made in the area in the early 1830s. Among the largest grantees were Jos?Mar? de la Garza, J. Fern?dez de Rumayor, Vital Flores, Ralph McGee, and the Mart?ez family. The first post office in the area was established in 1847 in Coonskin, then in Polk County. The name was changed to Coldspring in 1850. The land on which Coldspring is located was originally granted by the Mexican government to Robert Rankin. The Texas legislature established San Jacinto County with Coldspring as the county seat on August 13, 1870, out of parts of Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, and Walker counties. The county was named in honor of the battle of San Jacinto, which ended the Texas Revolution. On March 12, 1877, the Commissioners' Court met to consider plans for building a courthouse and agreed to pay Thomas and Werner, builder and architects of Fort Worth, $8,000 to build the structure. A brick jail was also built for $1,500 by Thomas Ireland. The first census taken after the county was organized shows 6,186 residents by 1880. The county's first weekly newspaper began publication in 1897 in Coldspring under the name the San Jacinto Times. More at
Kelly A. Woestman, "SAN JACINTO COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcs03), 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 628 square miles (1,626 km2), of which, 571 square miles (1,478 km2) of it is land and 57 square miles (148 km2) of it (9.12%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Trinity County (north)
  • Polk County (northeast)
  • Liberty County (southeast)
  • Montgomery County (southwest)
  • Walker County (northwest)


School districts include

Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District
Shepherd Independent School District
Cleveland Independent School District (partial)
Willis Independent School District (partial)

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