Kinney County, Texas
1873 Infantry Barracks 1886 Kitchen/Mess Hall 2nd Cavalry Division at Fort Clark Adjutant's Quarters (Quarters # 20) Army Service Club Carver School Grounds Catholic Church Commanding Officer's Quarters Dolores Townsite Filippone Building Fort Clark Fort Clark Guardhouse Fort Clark Post Theater Fort Clark, U.S.A. John Horse Kinney County Kinney County Courthouse Las Moras Masonic Lodge Building Las Moras Spring Married Officers' Quarters 8-9 Military Roads in Texas Montalvo House New Cavalry Barracks Officers Quarters 2-3 and 4 Officers' Club Open Mess Officers' Row Quarters Old Guard House Partrick Building Robert E. Lee Building Ross Home Seminole Indian Scouts' Cemetery Seminole Scout Camp on Fort Clark Site of Original Post Cemetery Staff Officers' Quarters U.S. Army Signal Corps Building
Ballantyne Cemetery Brackettville Cemetery Brooks Family Cemetery Chapman Ranch Cemetery Davis Ranch Cemetery Fort Clark Cemetery Hudson Cemetery Kinney County Cemetery Masonic Cemetery Mud Creek Cemetery Seminole Indian Scouts' Cemetery Spofford Community Cemetery St. Mary's Magdeline Catholic Cemetery Veterans Cemetery Vincent Cemetery
In the early 19th century, Kinney County was primarily used as a hunting ground for the Lipan Apache and Comanche tribes. However, the arrival of Anglo settlers in the mid-1800s led to conflicts and tensions. The Battle of Bandera Pass, which took place in 1841, was a significant event in the region's history as it was one of the largest confrontations between Texas Rangers and Native American tribes in that era.
The creation of Kinney County occurred in 1850, and it was named after Texas Ranger and soldier Henry Lawrence Kinney. The county became an important center for cattle ranching in the late 19th century. The establishment of the railroad in the area further supported the growth of the county, as it provided a means for transporting goods and livestock.
Over the years, Kinney County has experienced economic ups and downs, with changes in agriculture and ranching practices impacting the local economy. Today, the county continues to be largely rural, with a focus on farming, ranching, and oil and gas production. The region's rich history, cultural heritage, and natural beauty make it an appealing destination for tourists and history enthusiasts.
Brief timeline of the history of Kinney County, Texas:
- 1850 - Kinney County, TX is founded
- 1876 - Fort Clark is established, becoming an important military post
- 1884 - Kinney County becomes part of the Maverick County judicial district
- 1910 - The town of Brackettville is incorporated
- 1943 - The movie "The Alamo" is filmed at Fort Clark
- 1978 - Fort Clark is added to the National Register of Historic Places
- 2000 - The population of Kinney County reaches its peak at 4,467 residents
This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Kinney County, Texas.