Briscoe County, Texas

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Briscoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2000, the population is 1,790. Its county seat is Silverton[1]. Briscoe is named for Andrew Briscoe, a soldier during the Texas Revolution. Briscoe County is one of 46 dry counties in Texas.

At one time, the large JA Ranch, founded by Charles Goodnight and John George Adair, reached into Briscoe County. After he left the JA, Goodnight owned the Quitaque Ranch.

The prominent high school football and college coach Gene Mayfield was born in Briscoe County in 1928.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 902 square miles (2,336.2 km2), of which 901 square miles (2,333.6 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.15%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,790 people, 724 households, and 511 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,006 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.35% White, 2.29% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 11.45% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. 22.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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