Coleman County, Texas

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Coleman County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. Coleman County was founded in 1858. In 2000, its population was 9,235. It is named for Robert M. Coleman, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto. The seat of the county is Coleman[1].


History Timeline

  • 10000 b.c. – Indigenous peoples of the Americas are the first inhabitants. Later inhabitants are the Jumano, Lipan Apache and Comanche.[2]
  • 1632 Father Salas leads an expedition to the upper Colorado.[2]
  • 1650 Captains Hernán Martín and Diego del Castillo explore the western portion of the county to the Concho River and return with pearls.[2]
  • 1654 Diego de Guadalajara follows the same path as Martín and Castillo.[2]
  • 1683–84 Juan Domínguez de Mendoza establishes a short-lived mission.[3]
  • 1855 The county’s oldest community of Trickham is founded as a cowboy trading post for the ranching activities of John Chisum.[4]
  • 1858 Coleman County is formed from Brown and Travis counties. The county is named for Robert M. Coleman, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.[2]
  • 1861 Rich Coffey settles the communities of Leaday and Voss.[5]
  • 1876 Site is chosen for Coleman.[6]
  • 1879 The community Santa Anna is established. It is named after the Santa Anna Mountains, which, in turn, are named after Comanche Chief Santana.[7]
  • 1908 The first oil well comes in near Trickham.[8]
  • 1917 Oil is discovered north of Coleman on the J. P. Morris ranch.[2]
  • 1923 Coleman County Medical Center opens.[2]
  • 1925 Tenant farmers are 63 percent of local agriculture.[2]
  • 1930 Coleman County population peaks at 23,669[2]
  • 1948 The oilfields produce over a million barrels a year.[2]
  • 2000 Wind Clean Corporation, harnessing energy from wind power, is founded.[2]

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