Walker County, Texas

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Walker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 61,758. The 2006 Census estimate placed the county's population at 63,304. Its county seat is Huntsville[1].

Initially, Walker County was named for Robert J. Walker, a legislator from Mississippi who introduced into the United States Congress the resolution to annex Texas. However, Walker later supported the Union during the Civil War; thus, in order to keep the county's name from being changed, it was renamed for Samuel H. Walker, a Texas Ranger and soldier in the American Army.

Walker County is part of the Huntsville Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the HoustonBaytown–Huntsville Combined Statistical Area.

James Mitchell (1795–1870) and his wife, the former Calpernia Franklin (1805–1865), came to the future Walker County under a Mexican land grant in 1833. Mitchell, who became one of the first county commissioneers, established the Mitchell House and Inn on the Old San Antonio Road, also known as El Camino Real. During the 1840s, the house was a stop for weary stagecoach travelers.[2]

The premier historian of Texas, Eugene C. Barker, for whom the Barker History Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin is named, was born in Walker County in 1874. Another historian born in Walker County was Marilyn McAdams Sibley, professor at Houston Baptist University and the mother of former State Senator David McAdams Sibley, Sr.[3]


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