Concho County, Texas

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Concho County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 3,966 at the 2000 census. Concho was founded in 1858. Its county seat is Paint Rock.[1] Concho is named for the Concho River.


History Timeline

  • 8000 BC – 1800’s Paleo-Indians in the county leave behind archealogical remains of a burned-rock midden. Athabascan-speaking Indians associated with the prehorse Plains culture live in this part of Texas. Later native inhabitants include Jumano, Tonkawa, Comanche and Lipan Apache.[2]
  • 1847 John O. Meusebach sends surveyors into the area.[2]
  • 1849 Robert Simpson Neighbors leads a small expedition through the area.[2]
  • 1858 The legislature forms Concho County from Bexar County.[2]
  • 1874 Ranald S. Mackenzie campaign to drive out remaining Indians establishes the Mackenzie Trail.[2]
  • 1879 The county is organized. The county seat is named Paint Rock after the nearby pictographs.[3]
  • 1882 Eden community is established.[4]
  • 1909 Lowake community is established.[5]
  • 1910 The Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley railroad is completed to Paint Rock.[2]
  • 1911 The Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway is completed across the southeastern corner of the county.[2]
  • 1912 The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe railroad finishes a line to Eden.[2]
  • 1930 - 449 farms are operated by owners and 682 by tenants, of whom 619 are sharecropping.[2]
  • 1940 Concho County becomes part of a soil-conservation district.[2]
  • 1970 Over 100 Czechs reside in the vicinity of Eola.[6]
  • 1985 Texas Water Commission grants permission to impound 554,000 acre feet (683,000,000 m3) of water on the Colorado River at Stacy, to create the O. H. Ivie Reservoir.[7]
  • 1988 Concho County is the leading sheep-producing county in Texas.[2]

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