The Founding of Bailey County

The Founding of Bailey County (HM1EDB)

Location: Muleshoe, TX 79347 Bailey County
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N 34° 13.457', W 102° 43.555'

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Bailey County was created August 21, 1876, and named for Peter James Bailey, a Kentucky lawyer killed at the Alamo during the Texas War for Independence.

This was thinly settled cattle country; Bailey was attached for judicial purposes to Baylor County in 1876-1891, and to Castro County, 1892-1918.

In Nov. 1918, Bailey County was finally organized. Its first officials were W.M. Wilterding, Judge; H.A. Douglass, Sheriff and Tax Assessor-Collector; C.C. Mardis, Clerk; G.P. Kuykendall, Treasurer; E.G. Hoskins, Inspector of Hides and Animals; J.B. Diggs, T.L. Snyder, C.E. Dotson and John S. McMurtry, Commissioners.

At the first meeting of the commissioners court, in Blackwater Valley State Bank on Jan. 16, 1919, C.D. Gupton was appointed Justice of the Peace.

Muleshoe was designated county seat in a special election, April 12, 1919. A jail cell was purchased in June 1919 from neighboring Parmer County. In July a building contract was let for first courthouse - a frame structure soon erected at a cost of $2,450.

Since institution of its government, this 832 sq. mi. county, with its good water resources, has developed an outstanding agricultural economy. Its progress is a tribute to the standards of its pioneer settlers.
Marker Number5337
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 709473 N 3789363
Decimal Degrees34.22428333, -102.72591667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 13.457', W 102° 43.555'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 13' 27.42" N, 102° 43' 33.30" W
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Area Code(s)806
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 S 1st St, Muleshoe TX 79347, US
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