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DELTA COUNTY, TEXAS

33 23' 24" N, 95 40' 12" W (33.39, -95.67)
Population: 5,215 est. (2016) 5,231 (2010)
Total area: 278 square miles (720 km2)
257 square miles (670 km2) land
21 square miles (54 km2) water

Delta County Topics

  • History
  • Town List
  • Vintage Maps
  • Delta County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Lamar County (N) Red River County (E) Franklin County (E) Hopkins County (S) Hunt County (SW) Fannin County (NW)

    Delta County History

    1936 Centennial Marker:

    Formed from Lamar and Hopkins counties;
    created July 29, 1870
    The name describes its position and triangular shape.
    Cooper, the county seat



    Historical Marker:

    Erected in the Centennial Year, to commemorate founding of Delta County
    Named for shape, resembling Greek letter [triangle], and for evident origin of its land--sedimentation at fork of North and South Sulphur Rivers.
    The first (1820-30) political activity here was oversight by the Sulphur Forks Indian Commission (of the United States) of the Caddo, Delaware, Quapaw, and Seminole inhabitants.
    After Texas independence in 1836, the Delta came under jurisdictions of Red River, Lamar, and Hopkins counties.
    Families and wagon trains from Kentucky, Tennessee, and other states--and from other parts of Texas--settled here as early as the 1830s. The people of the Delta in 1868 petitioned for creation of the county; in 1870 the Legislature of Texas complied.
    The county seat, a new town to be in the geographic center, was named for Leroy Cooper, chairman of the House Committee on Counties and Boundaries. Gov. E.J. Davis named as commissioners to organize the county: Joel Blackwell, John P. Boyd, James Hamilton, J.W. Iglehart, and Thomas J. Lane. To supervise sales of lots in Cooper, Erastus Blackwell was appointed sheriff. The organizing election was held on Oct. 6, 1870, naming Charles S. Nidever as Chief Justice. Commissioners elected were John P. Boyd, J.F. Alexander, Alfred Allen and J.M. Bledsoe.

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

    Delta 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 - Cooper
    Book Hotel - Paris Hotels | Sulpher Springs Hotels
  • Ben Franklin
  • Cooper County seat
  • Enloe
  • Granny's Neck ghost town
  • Jot 'Em Down
  • Klondike
  • Needmore ghost town
  • Pecan Gap
  • Pecan Grove ghost town
  • Vasco
  • Yowell

  • Delta County Vintage Maps
    TX - Delta County 1882 map
    From 1882 Texas state map #2134
    showing Delta County

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Delta County 1907 Postal Map
    Delta County 1907 postal map
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Delta County 1920s Map
    Delta County 1920s map
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Delta County 1940s Map
    Delta County 1940s map
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Cooper Tx 1936 Delta County Marker
    Delta County 1936 Texas Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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