My name is Mary Helen McKnight, coordinator for this Cochran County TXGenWeb Project.
Cochran County was formed on August 21, 1876 from lands originally assigned to Bexar and Young counties and was named in honor of Robert E. Cochran, who died defending the Alamo. Cochran County has a rich ranching history, including the XIT, Surrat and Slaughter ranches. Cochran County remained unorganized for nearly fifty years after its creation. Cochran was one of the last counties in Texas to be organized and the last to be settled, earning it nickname, "Texas's Last Frontier".
The organization of the county would prove to be rocky, dividing the county between the ranchers who owned much of the land and the farmers who moved in to settle the area. Two elections would be held to name the county seat and at one point in the county's early years, there were two sets of commissioners and judges and the matter would have to go to court to be settled. During this time it wasn't uncommon to see men with rifles guarding the entrance to the land office or the temporary courthouse out of fear the other side would attempt to kidnap the clerk or steal county records.
Cochran County has a rich and diverse history and we are excited to get as much of this online as possible, we hope you find the information contained on this site helpful and interesting.
This site would not be possible with out the Cochran County Historical Commission, the Texas's Last Frontier Historical Museum in Morton, Texas; and all of the wonderful people who have contributed their stories, histories, photographs and more. I am grateful for all the support the website has been by all of you.
We are always looking for more information for the website, whether it be stories, biographies, information on schools, businesses, and so on; photographs (of any time period), family histories, military and veterans, records ... anything you want to share about Cochran County! If you have anything you would like included on this site; or if you have corrections, suggestions, questions, or just need some help with research, please Email me!
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First and foremost ... Thank you to everyone how has submitted information to share on this site, without you, this would have been impossible.
Thank you to the wonderful people of the Cochran County Historical Commission and Texas' Last Frontier Historical Museum for allowing me access to and use of the wealth of information you have regarding Cochran County and for your support in this project, and special thanks to Dorothy Barker, June Kennedy, Barbara Richards, Janice Gillespie, and Sammy Simpson for the amazing tours and wonderful stories you all have shared with me.
Should you ever find yourself in or around Morton, Texas, I highly recommend making time to schedule a tour of the Texas' Last Frontier Historical Museum. You will be amazed at what you find inside.
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