Texas is known for its barbecue, and one of the most famous barbecue restaurants in the state is Kreuz Market in Lockhart. The restaurant has been in operation since 1900 and is still family-owned.
Morris County, Texas, has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. Originally inhabited by indigenous Caddo tribes, the area became a part of the United States in the 1830s following Texas independence from Mexico. The county was officially formed in 1875, named after William Wright Morris, a prominent Texas legislator.

During the late 19th century, Morris County attracted settlers, primarily of Anglo-American and African-American descent. The economy thrived on agriculture, with cotton emerging as the dominant crop. Several communities, such as Daingerfield and Naples, grew and prospered as trading centers for the local farmers.

In the early 20th century, the discovery of oil in the East Texas Oil Field brought both economic growth and a population boom to Morris County. Oil wells were drilled, leading to the establishment of oil refineries and creating employment opportunities for many residents. The county experienced various booms and busts as oil prices fluctuated over the years.

Throughout its history, Morris County has witnessed significant social and cultural changes. The county has a notable African-American heritage, with strong community leaders advocating for civil rights and education. The county's schools were integrated in 1970, symbolizing progress towards racial equality.

Today, Morris County continues to embrace its historical roots while also adapting to the changing times. It maintains its agricultural heritage, with crops such as corn, soybeans, and timber being important to the local economy. The county is also known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, hunting, and camping, attracting visitors from far and wide.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Morris County, Texas.

  • 1836: Morris County is founded and named in honor of William Wright Morris, a judge and legislator
  • 1846: The first post office is established in the county
  • 1861: Morris County residents vote overwhelmingly in favor of secession from the Union
  • 1870: The railroad reaches Morris County, leading to increased growth and development
  • 1896: Daingerfield becomes the county seat of Morris County
  • 1912: The discovery of oil leads to a significant economic boom in the county
  • 1941-1945: Many Morris County residents serve in World War II
  • 1957: Lake O' the Pines is completed, providing recreational opportunities for residents
  • 1995: A tornado strikes the town of Daingerfield, causing significant damage
  • 2010: The population of Morris County is approximately 13,637