The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas in 1883. The event included bronco riding, calf roping, and bull riding.
Concho County, located in west-central Texas, has a rich and diverse history that traces back to ancient Native American tribes. The region was initially inhabited by several groups, including the Lipan Apache and Comanche tribes, who relied on the rivers, lakes, and grasslands for their sustenance. However, with the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century, the area became part of Spain's North American empire.

In the early 1800s, Concho County was still largely unsettled, but with the establishment of the Republic of Texas in 1836, Anglo-American settlers began to arrive. This led to conflicts with the Native American tribes, culminating in the Battle of Dove Creek in 1865, when Texas Rangers and local militia fought against Comanche warriors.

By the late 19th century, Concho County's economy relied on agriculture, particularly cattle ranching and farming. The rise of the railroad in the region further facilitated trade and transportation, leading to the growth of small towns like Paint Rock and Eden. Concho County's population continued to increase steadily throughout the 20th century.

Today, Concho County is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. With its picturesque landscapes, including the Concho River and vast grasslands, the county attracts visitors for outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, and bird-watching. The county's history is celebrated and preserved through local museums, historic buildings, and annual events, showcasing the rich heritage of the region.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Concho County, Texas.

  • 1858 - Concho County is created from parts of Bexar, Travis, and Young counties.
  • 1875 - First post office is established in Concho County.
  • 1882 - The town of Paint Rock is founded.
  • 1886 - The town of Eden is established.
  • 1889 - The town of Eola is founded.
  • 1889 - The town of Millersview is established.
  • 1889 - A public water system is installed in Concho County.
  • 1890 - The town of Lowake is founded.
  • 1892 - The town of Arden is established.
  • 1895 - Oil is discovered in Concho County, leading to increased development.
  • 1910 - Concho County has a population of over 5,000.
  • 1936 - Concho County courthouse is built.
  • 1941 - Paint Rock ISD is created.
  • 1960s - Concho County experiences a decline in population due to agricultural changes.
  • 1995 - The Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area is established in Concho County.