Johnson County, Texas

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Johnson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2007, its population was 149,797. Its county seat is Cleburne,[1] and the county is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Johnson County is named for Middleton Johnson, a Texas Ranger, soldier, and politician.



The first settler of Johnson county was Henry Briden who lived in a log cabin on the Nolan River. His log cabin is still in existence today, and can be seen along State Highway 174 in Rio Vista, Texas. Johnson County's first county seat was Wardville, located at the present site of Lake Pat Cleburne. In 1856 Buchanan became the county seat. In 1867 Johnson County was split, and the western half became Hood County. Camp Henderson became the new county seat and the settlement was renamed Cleburne in honor of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 734 square miles (1,901.1 km2), of which 729 square miles (1,888.1 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.68%) is water.

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