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Welcome to the Callahan County AHGP

 Welcome to The American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP), an unincorporated not-for-profit network of independent sites devoted to History & Genealogy, and covering North American Countries and Territories. For more information about our group, including how you can join us, please see our About page. My name is Christina Palmer, I am the County Coordinator. If you have information about the genealogy and history of Callahan County and would like to share it, please email me. Please Note that this is an all volunteer project and that we can use all the help we can get. If you can help in any way (even a little), please E-mail me. Volunteers are always needed and welcome.  Without you, the site will not grow as it should. The state coordinator is Cindy Koegel.

 

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Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes Project

Every day is memorial day to a soldier. This project is our way of honoring all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and loved ones of those that gave their lives to fight for our country.
May God give you peace in your heart and strength to carry on.

They proudly served their country.
Now, they proudly serve with angel's wings.

 

Salute to Our Veterans

 Every day should be Veterans day--a special day that every American should take a moment to reflect, and thank those who serve in our armed forces, both past and present? This project is our way of honoring all Veterans who served his or her country for our freedom. Thank you and God Bless!

 

Sharing with others

     If you have family history, stories, photos, books, marriages, births & death records. Newspaper clippings such as obits, birth, wedding, military, wills or other data about Callahan County. Send the files to me and I will upload it. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Add your family surnames so others can contact you. A great way to find more information and meet new cousins! Send me an E-Mail include your surnames and I will add them.

 

Counties Surrounding Callahan County

 

Taylor Jones Shackelford
Stephens Eastland Brown
Comanche Coleman Runnels

Communities Past & Present of Callahan County

Caddo Peak Baird Putnam
Cross Plains Atwell Oplin
Callahan City Dressy Tecumseh
Cottonwood Clyde Denton
Eagle Cove Admiral Dudley
  Eula  

 

HISTORY

 

Callahan County was formed by the Texas legislature in 1858 from Bexar, Bosque, and Travis counties and named for James Hughes Callahan. Because of the threat of Comanche attack, little permanent settlement took place in the area until after the Civil War. Between 1858 and 1877.  At the election of July 3, 1877, Callahan City became the first county seat, a position the town retained only until the election of October 13, 1877, when Belle Plain was voted in as the new county seat. Belle Plain showed signs of rapid growth, and a number of settlers moved there in anticipation of the railroad; by 1878 it had a population of more than 100, and by 1880 the number of residents had grown to nearly 300. In 1880-81 the Texas and Pacific Railway was constructed from Fort Worth to El Paso. Stations for the railroad were located at Putnam, Baird, and Clyde, all of which soon developed into towns, but bypassed Belle Plain six miles to the north. An election on January 16, 1883, made Baird the new county seat. Belle Plain soon declined; the stone jail and many of residences were moved to Baird, and by 1897 only four families remained. During the 1870s and 1880s several communities formed, including Cottonwood, Atwell, Cross Plains, Caddo Peak, Eagle Cove, and Eula. More settlers continued to arrive during the 1890s, and by the turn of the century there were post offices in Oplin, Tecumseh, Denton, Dressy, Admiral, and Dudley. In 1880 the county population was 3,419; by 1890 it had grown to 5,274.

 

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Last updated: Sunday December 19, 2010

2007-Present Christina Palmer

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