Armstrong County, Texas

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Armstrong County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, and was formed in 1876 from Bexar County. It is part of the Amarillo metropolitan area. As of 2000, the population is 2,148. Its county seat is Claude.[1] Armstrong is named for one of several Texas pioneer families named Armstrong. Armstrong County is one of 30 [2] prohibition or entirely dry counties in the state of Texas.

Tom Blasingame, the oldest cowboy in the history of the American West, lived in Armstrong County and worked for seventy-three years in ranching, mostly on the JA Ranch.

Ranch historian Laura Vernon Hamner interviewed many "old-timers" in Armstrong County during the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century in preparation for her later writings on the Texas Panhandle.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 914 square miles (2,367.2 km2), of which 0.02% is water.

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