The Battle of San Jacinto fought on April 21, 1836, was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution, and led to the capture of Santa Anna and the end of the conflict.
Terrell County, Texas is located in the southwestern part of the state, along the Rio Grande River. The area that is now Terrell County has a long history of human habitation, with evidence of Native American settlements dating back thousands of years. The region was inhabited by various indigenous tribes, including the Jumano, Apache, and Comanche, before Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1600s.

In the 1800s, European settlers began to arrive in the area, attracted by the fertile land and natural resources. The county was officially established in 1905 and named after Alexander Watkins Terrell, a prominent Texas jurist and statesman. The main town, Sanderson, developed as a result of the expansion of the railway in the region, which brought increased economic activity and population growth.

Terrell County's economy has traditionally been based on ranching and agriculture. Cattle ranching, in particular, has played a significant role in the county's history and remains an important industry today. The region's vast grasslands and favorable climate make it ideal for livestock production. Additionally, crops such as cotton, corn, and melons have been cultivated in the county.

While historically a rural and agricultural area, Terrell County has also experienced changes and challenges over the years. The county's population has remained relatively small, with periods of growth and decline. Today, it is known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, and hiking in areas such as the rugged landscape of the Chinati Mountains and the nearby Big Bend National Park.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Terrell County, Texas.

  • 1905 - Terrell County is founded.
  • 1907 - Dryden is established as the county seat.
  • 1910 - Terrell County's population is recorded at 260.
  • 1930s - The area experiences significant growth due to oil and gas exploration.
  • 1944 - Construction of the world's largest stone masonry dam, the Pecos River High Bridge, is completed.
  • 1960 - Terrell County's population reaches its peak at around 5,000.
  • 1987 - The remote and isolated Devil's River State Natural Area is established.
  • 2002 - Terrell County experiences a devastating wildfire that burns over 71,000 acres.