Comanche County is a little farther drive from the Metroplex for recreational ranch owners, a touch past two hours for most, but offers some of the most scenic ranch land for the price in this part of Texas. Deer hunters, fishermen and families seeking a great well-priced country retreat have been discovering Comanche County’s beauty for several decades now.
Elevations range from 650 to 1,700 feet above elevation, with a wide variation on land type and vegetation. The county is drained by the North and South Leon Rivers, tributaries of the Brazos River. Annual rainfall is 18.45 inches. Fishermen prize Lake Proctor, located just outside the town of Proctor north of Comanche.
Comanche County was first settled in the 1850s by Anglos, though they quickly met prior residents for whom the county is named. The Comanches hunted buffalo, elk, black bears and other wildlife then in abundance here. Stories of horrific violence by both sides are in abundance here (as are picturesque country cemeteries, hinting at the price paid by early residents to this verdant country).
John Wesley Hardin celebrated his 21st birthday in 1874 in Brown and Comanche counties. Deputy Charles Webb drew his gun, provoking a gunfight that ended Webb’s life. A lynch mob was formed, but Hardin and his family were put into protective custody. The mob broke into the jail and hanged his brother Joe and two cousins.
The county seat of Comanche boasts a tremendous county museum filled with artifacts donated by local families several blocks west of the courthouse – a definite “must see.” Comanche County should be on the short list for Metroplex families looking for a great area to acquire their family’s legacy farm or ranch.
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