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
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
always needed and welcome. Without you, the site will not
grow as it should. The state
coordinator is Cindy Koegel.
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honoring all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for
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
They proudly served their country.
Now, they proudly serve with angel's wings.
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Every day should be Veterans
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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
include your surnames and I will add them.
Communities Past & Present of Callahan County
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.