Runnels County, Texas

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Runnels County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 11,495. Its seat is Ballinger[1]. The county is named for Hiram G. Runnels, a Texas state legislator.


History Timeline

  • Original inhabitants are the Jumano, followed by the Comanche.[2]
  • 1683–84 Juan Domínguez de Mendoza establishes a short-lived mission.[3]
  • 1852 Fort Chadbourne established.[4]
  • 1858 Runnels County, is formed from Bexar and Travis counties. It is named in honor of Hiram G. Runnels. Runnels City is the original county seat.[5]
  • 1862 Pickettville established by Mr. and Mrs. John Guest and their three sons, also Henry and Robert K. Wylie and their cowboys and a black servant, and Mrs. Felicia Gordon and her five sons.[6] Ballinger settled by Richard Coffey and family.[7]
  • 1880 The county is organized, with a population of 980.[2]
  • 1888 Ballinger, namesake of William Pitt Ballinger is the new county seat.[7]
  • 1889 The stone county courthouse is erected in the Second Empire style. Architect Eugene T. Heiner.[8]
  • 1899 The community of Pumphrey, originally named New Hope, is established by Wm. M Pumphrey.[9]
  • 1911 The Santa Fe Depot is built by the A,T,& SF Railroad. The Ballinger Carnegie Library in Ballinger is dedicated.[2]
  • 1919 The Charles H. Noyes statue on the Ballinger courthouse lawn, dedicated to the "Spirit of the Texas Cowboy", is sculptured by Pompeo Coppini.[10]
  • 1927 MacMillan oil field, is discovered near Ballinger.[2]
  • 1949 Eighteen new oil fields arere explored.[2]
  • 1987 The county beef cattle industry experiences an all-time high .[2]

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