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RAINS COUNTY, TEXAS

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    Rains County History

    Historical Marker (on courthouse lawn):
    RAINS COUNTY
    One of the earlier areas of Texas to be settled. J. H. Hooker, first known settler, built a grist mill on the Sabine River here in the 1840s. Emigrants from the Old South came in after 1840, although the county was not created until 1870.

    The name honors pioneer Emory Rains (1800-1878). He served as Senator in 8th Legislature from district out of which this county was later carved and had a long public service career.

    Rains County is known as the birthplace of the Farmers Cooperative and Educational Union of America, founded in 1904.
    1970


    (1936 Texas Centennial highway marker)
    RAINS COUNTY
    Formed from Wood, Hopkins, Hunt and Van Zandt counties
    Created June 9, 1870
    Organized December 1, 1870
    Named in honor of Emory Rains 1800-1878
    Member of the Texas Congress and Legislature
    Emory, the county seat

    Rains County Courthouse
    TX - Rains County courthouse
    Rains County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Rains County Town List

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    County Seat - Emory
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  • Emory county seat
  • Ginger
  • Point
  • Sand Flat

  • Rains County Vintage Maps
    Rains County Texas  1882  postal map
    From 1882 Texas state map #2134 showing Rains County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Rains County TX 1907 psotal map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Rains County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Rains County TX 1920s map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Rains County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Rains County 1920s map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Rains County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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