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Founded March 13, 1874
County Seat San Angelo
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County Courthouse

Tom Green County has had four courthouses and two county seats.  When the county was first organized, the town of Ben Flickin was chosen as the county seat.  After the town was destroyed by a flood in 1882, the county seat was moved to the larger and more centrally located San Angelo, where the second Tom Green Courthouse was completed in 1884.[1] The current courthouse was built in 1928.

Tom Green County Courthouse
124 W. Beauregard
San Angelo, TX 76905-5835

Tom Green County Government website

History

The original Tom Green County extended to the Pecos River and covered 12,500 square miles. Twelve other counties have been created from this area. The first white settler arrived in 1864. Ben Ficklin was almost washed away in 1882.

Parent County

1874--Tom Green County was created 13 March 1874 from Bexar Land District. County seat: San Angelo [2]

Boundary Changes

1876 -- When Tom Green County was created in 1874, the county had no northern boundary. On 21 August 1876, a northern boundary was created - drawn from the northwest corner of Runnels County to the New Mexico state line and cutting off territory for 54 counties to the north of Tom Green County.

Record Loss

1882 -- Ben Flicken, then the county seat, was destroyed by flood.

1886 -- The second floor of the Tom Green County Courthouse caught fire on June 28, 1886, possibly from mice eating matches.  The fire started in the office of the Clerk of District Courts.  Many of the records in the clerk's office were destroyed. [3]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ben Flickin | Carlsbad | Christoval | Grape Creek | Knickerbocker | Mereta | San Angelo | Tankersley | Vancourt | Veribest | Wall | Water Valley

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries


Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • The History of Tom Green County, Texas, 1931 by Julia Grace Bitner.
  • Tom Green County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate


Taxation

Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Societies

  • San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society
    P.O. Box 3453
    San Angelo, TX 76902-3453   website
  • Tom Green County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 5602
    San Angelo, TX 76903 website
  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Libraries

  • Tom Green County Library System
    113 W Beauregard Ave
    San Angelo, TX 76903
    Phone: (325) 655-7321
    Website

Web Sites

References

  1. Handbook of Texas Online: Tom Green County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct07
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. GenDisasters.com San Angelo, TX Tom Green County Courthouse Fire, Jun 1886 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17830/san-angelo-tx-tom-green-county-courthouse-fire-jun-1886

 

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