Sutton County, Texas

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Sutton County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, the population was 4,077. Its county seat is Sonora[1]. Sutton County is named for John S. Sutton, an officer in the Confederate Army.


History Timeline

  • 9500 b.c.- ca 1860’s a.d. Paleo-Indians in the county leave behind archealogical remains of a burned-rock midden with mortar and pestle, as well as other tools. Later native inhabitants include Tonkawa, Comanche and Lipan Apache.[2]
  • 1736 Lt. Miguel de la Garza Falcón leads100 soldiers along the Devils River[3][4]
  • 1852, February 2 - Camp Terrett, later known as Fort Terrett, established to protect settlers from Comanches. Founded by Lt. Col. Henry Bainbridge and named for Lt. John Terrett, who was killed in the Battle of Monterrey in 1846.[5]
  • 1881 Wall’s Well discovered by Tim Birtrong and Ed Wall. Town of Wentworth discovered. Birtrong Ranch is the area’s only ranch.[6]
  • 1885 Charles G. Adams, a merchant and sometime rancher from Fort McKavett, founds Sonora, Texas, named after a family servant from Sonora, Mexico.[7]
  • 1887 The Texas legislature establishes Sutton County, carved out of eastern Crockett County named for Confederate officer John Schuyler Sutton.[2]
  • 1890 Sonora becomes the county seat..[2]
  • 1915 Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers’ Association organized.[8]
  • 1928 The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway acquires Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway to connect Sonora with San Angelo, Del Rio, and the outside world by rail.[2]
  • 1930 Sonora Wool and Mohair Company established.[2]
  • 1936 WPA projects help local economy.[2]
  • 1958, August 1 – Sonora Municipal Airport activated.[9]
  • 1960, July 16 – Caverns of Sonora open to the public.[10]
  • 1965 Caverns of Sonora designated National Natural Landmark.[11]

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