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BAILEY COUNTY, TEXAS

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    Bailey County History

    (Historical Marker on courthouse grounds)

    THE FOUNDING OF BAILEY COUNTY

    Bailey County was created August 21, 1876, and named for Peter James Bailey, a Kentucky lawyer killed at the Alamo during the Texas War for Independence.

    This was thinly settled cattle country; Bailey was attached for judicial purposes to Baylor County in 1876-1891, and to Castro County, 1892-1918.

    In November, 1918, Bailey County was finally organized. Its first officials were W. M. Wilterding, Judge; H. A. Douglass, Sheriff and Tax Assessor-Collector; C. C. Mardis, Clerk; G. P. Kuykendall, Treasurer; E. G. Hoskins, Inspector of Hides and Animals; J. B. Diggs, T. L. Snyder, C. E. Dotson and John S. McMurtry, Commissioners.

    At the first meeting of the commissioners court, in Blackwater Valley State Bank on January 16, 1919, C. D. Gupton was appointed Justice of the Peace.

    Muleshoe was designated county seat in a special election, April 12, 1919. A jail cell was purchased in June 1919 from neighboring Parmer County. In July a building contract was let for first courthouse -- a frame structure soon erected at a cost of $2,450.

    Since institution of its government, this 832 sq. mi. county, with its good water resources, has developed an outstanding agricultural economy. Its progress is a tribute to the standards of its pioneer settlers.
    (1968)



    1936 Centennial - Highway Marker:

    BAILEY COUNTY
    A part of Bexar Territory 1836-1876.
    Created August 21, 1876,
    organized November 5, 1918.
    Named in honor of Peter James Bailey 1812-1836. A Kentucky lawyer killed in defending the Alamo.
    Muleshoe , the County Seat.

    Bailey County Courthouse
    TX - Bailey County Courthouse
    Bailey County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Bailey County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Muleshoe
    Book Hotel Here -
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  • Bula
  • Circle Back
  • Enochs
  • Goodland
  • Janes ghost town
  • Maple ghost town
  • Muleshoe County seat
  • Needmore
  • Virginia City ghost town

  • TX Bailey County 1907 postal map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Bailey County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Bailey County 1920s map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Bailey County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Grimes County 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Bailey County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Bailey County Centennial Marker
    TX - Bailey County Centennial Marker
    Bailey County Centennial Marker
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    TX - Bailey County Centennial Marker
    Bailey County Centennial Marker
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Photographer's Note:
    "The Bailey County Marker was originally placed in a road side picnic area on the western edge of Muleshoe. This became a neglected, trashy setting. Sometime after my visit there in 2009 the marker was moved to a safer area on the courthouse grounds where it was much more visible to the public." - Barclay Gibson, May 29, 2016

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