History of Eastland County, Texas
In compiling this History of Eastland County the author has spared no pains in
gathering the necessary material, and has striven to give realistic pictures in
accordance with the facts. In some instances the data are so scant that it has
been necessary to supply the missing material as to environment by conjecture.
This liberty, when taken, has always been indicated in the text.
Table of Contents
PERIOD I — 1858-1873.
The New County.
"Charge, Boys, Charge!"
1. Forted Ranches
and Incidents of the Times.
2. The First Wedding.
1. An Indian Race.
2. A Turkey Hunt.
The Lost Arrow Head.
In War Times.
Some Indian Fights.
2. Cisco Running Fight.
3. The Cottonwood Fight.
the Little Dog Scout.
5. The Stolen Boy.
6. The Battle Creek
1. In the Midst
2. In Search of a Wife.
The Texas Rangers.
PERIOD II — 1873-1881.
Moving Frontier Line.
Organization of the County.
Some of the First Voters.
The County Town, Eastland City.
The Advent of the
1. The Texas and Pacific.
PERIOD III — 1881-1904.
GROWTH AND PROGRESS.
Scranton — Romney.
The Methodist Church
The Baptist Church.
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In 1858, before a white man had ventured to expose himself and family to the
dangers of what was then an Indian infested frontier, Eastland County was created
by an act of the Seventh Legislature of Texas. By the same act Callahan,
Stephens, Concho, Wichita, Coleman, Dawson, Shackelford, McMullin, Frio, Zavalla, Edwards, Haskell, Knox, Hardeman, Dimmit, Baylor, Runnels, Jones,
Wilbarger, La Salle, Duval, Taylor, and Encinal Counties came into existence. The
bill was approved Feb. 1, 1858.*
Eastland County is ideally located, containing within its limits the divide
between the Leon River and Palo Pinto Creek, and the eastern extremity of the
backbone of the Colorado and Brazos Rivers. The depression be-tween these two
divides is cut into by Colony Creek, a tributary of the Leon River.
*The County was named for Captain William Eastland, who died a prisoner in
Mexico. He is thought to have been one of the Muir prisoners, though Bean, in his
memoirs in Yoakum's History of Texas, does not give his name.