“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Muleshoe in Bailey County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Founding of Bailey County

The Founding of Bailey County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
1. The Founding of Bailey County Marker
Inscription. Bailey County was created August 21, 1876, and named for Peter James Bailey, a Kentucky lawyer killed at the Alamo during the Texas War for Independence.

This was thinly settled cattle country; Bailey was attached for judicial purposes to Baylor County in 1876-1891, and to Castro County, 1892-1918.

In Nov. 1918, Bailey County was finally organized. Its first officials were W.M. Wilterding, Judge; H.A. Douglass, Sheriff and Tax Assessor-Collector; C.C. Mardis, Clerk; G.P. Kuykendall, Treasurer; E.G. Hoskins, Inspector of Hides and Animals; J.B. Diggs, T.L. Snyder, C.E. Dotson and John S. McMurtry, Commissioners.

At the first meeting of the commissioners court, in Blackwater Valley State Bank on Jan. 16, 1919, C.D. Gupton was appointed Justice of the Peace.

Muleshoe was designated county seat in a special election, April 12, 1919. A jail cell was purchased in June 1919 from neighboring Parmer County. In July a building contract was let for first courthouse - a frame structure soon erected at a cost of $2,450.

Since institution of its government, this 832 sq. mi. county, with its good water resources, has developed an outstanding agricultural economy. Its progress is a tribute to the standards of its pioneer settlers.
Erected 1968 by State
Bailey County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
2. Bailey County Court House
Bailey County Marker is on far left. The Founding of Bailey County Marker is in center of photo.
Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5337.)
Location. 34° 13.457′ N, 102° 43.555′ W. Marker is in Muleshoe, Texas, in Bailey County. Marker is on South 1st Street (State Highway 214) south of West Avenue C, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 South 1st Street, Muleshoe TX 79347, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bailey County (here, next to this marker); The Mule (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Muleshoe Ranch Cookhouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Hurley (approx. 2.7 miles away); XIT Ranch South Line (approx. 3 miles away); Bailey County Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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