Kent County, Texas

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Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 859. Its county seat is Jayton[1], and the county is named for Andrew Kent, who died at the Battle of the Alamo. Kent County is one of 30[2] prohibition or entirely dry counties in the state of Texas.

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History Timeline

  • 8000 b.c. Paleo-Indians first inhabitants. Later native American inhabitants include the Wanderers band of Comanche.[3]
  • 1872 Ranald S. Mackenzie and his soldiers trounce the Comanches at Treasure Butte, southeast of Clairemont.[3]
  • 1876 The Texas legislature forms Kent County from Young and Bexar districts. The new county is named after Alamo defender Andrew Kent.[3]
  • 1888 Cattleman R. L. Rhomberg settles in the new county and names a settlement Clairemont for his daughter, Claire.[4]
  • 1890 County census 324 residents.[3]
  • 1891 A conflict arises between cattle ranchers and farmers who try to fence their farms against cattle.[3]
  • 1892 Kent County is organized. Clairemont is the county seat.[5]
  • 1900 County population is 899.[3]
  • 1909 The Stamford and Northeastern Railway builds a line across the county's northeast corner. The railroad, which connects Stamford and Spur, later becomes part of the Wichita Valley Railroad. Jayton community is founded.[6]
  • 1930 The county's population peaks at 3,851.[3]
  • 1946-1991 Oil is discovered in Kent County in 1946. By 1991, more than 448,448,000 barrels (71,297,500 m3) of oil have been produced in the county since 1946.[3]

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