Wheeler County, Texas

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Wheeler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 5,284. Its county seat is Wheeler[1]. Officially formed in 1876, the county is named for Royal Tyler Wheeler, a chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Wheeler County is one of 30[2] prohibition or entirely dry counties in the state of Texas.

The Pioneer West Museum, the Wheeler County historical museum, is located in Shamrock off U.S. Highway 83.

In 1876, the Texas State Legislature established Wheeler County. In 1879, Mobeetie was named the county seat. Mobeetie was then known as "Sweetwater," but this name should not be confused with the Sweetwater, which is the seat of Nolan County west of Abilene. A stone courthouse was erected from locally quarried materials in 1880 but was replaced by a wooden structure in 1888. The town of Wheeler was designated as the county seat in 1908. The wooden courthouse was moved to the current site but was replaced by the exisiting structure as a result of a 1925 bond election. The previous building was sold to a sheriff, Riley Price, who dismantled it and used it to build barns on his nearby ranch. The structure was designed by E.H. Eads of Shamrock and built by local contractors Hughes and Campbell. It features Palladian windows and Corinthian columns, characteristic of the Greek revival style of architecture.[3]


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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 915 square miles (2,371 km²), of which 914 square miles (2,368 km²) is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) (0.12%) is water.

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