Runnels County, Texas - History Timeline

History Timeline

  • Original inhabitants are the Jumano, followed by the Comanche.
  • 1683–84 Juan Domínguez de Mendoza establishes a short-lived mission.
  • 1852 Fort Chadbourne established.
  • 1858 Runnels County, is formed from Bexar and Travis counties. It is named in honor of Hiram G. Runnels. Runnels City is the original county seat.
  • 1862 Pickettville established by Mr. and Mrs. John Guest and their three sons, also Henry and Robert K. Wylie and their cowboys and a black servant, and Mrs. Felicia Gordon and her five sons. Ballinger settled by Richard Coffey and family.
  • 1880 The county is organized, with a population of 980.
  • 1888 Ballinger, namesake of William Pitt Ballinger is the new county seat.
  • 1889 The stone county courthouse is erected in the Second Empire style. Architect Eugene T. Heiner.
  • 1899 The community of Pumphrey, originally named New Hope, is established by Wm. M Pumphrey.
  • 1911 The Santa Fe Depot is built by the A,T,& SF Railroad. The Ballinger Carnegie Library in Ballinger is dedicated.
  • 1919 The Charles H. Noyes statue on the Ballinger courthouse lawn, dedicated to the "Spirit of the Texas Cowboy", is sculptured by Pompeo Coppini.
  • 1927 MacMillan oil field, is discovered near Ballinger.
  • 1949 Eighteen new oil fields arere explored.
  • 1987 The county beef cattle industry experiences an all-time high .

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