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Erath County

man horseback riding into the sunset

Erath County is headquartered by Stephenville, its county seat. Located less than an hour from Fort Worth, people are starting to move here and commute to jobs in the Metroplex.

Though known for sprawling commercial horse ranching operations, there are vast areas of tree-covered river and creek bottoms, along with forests of hardwoods covering rolling and high hillside recreational ranches.

Erath County offers some of the best recreational ranch land less than two hours from the Metroplex, with high quality its cornerstone. Elevations range from 900 feet to 1,750 feet above sea level. Rainfall is a little above 29 inches a year.

Erath County is crossed by the Paluxy and Bosque Rivers, both tributaries of the Brazos River, along with countless streams and creeks.

The first known Anglo settlers set up camp near present-day Dublin in 1854. Caddo and Anadarko Indians were residents of the county when Anglo immigrants began to arrive with Comanches and Tonkawas ranging across this land as settlers attempted first settlements.

The population of Erath County actually decreased from 2,425 people in 1860 to 1,801 people in 1870due to Indian attacks, the Civil War and raids by renegade outlaws.

Though hugging the northern boundary of Erath County, the Thurber Ghost Town (eat at the Smokestack Restaurant, under the “you guessed it” Thurber-brick smokestack visible from I-20) there are unspoken large pockets of mountainous, heavily-wooded land within minutes of the freeway. You won’t think you’re this close to D/FW in this much wild.

Stephenville College started in 1893 then was renamed for benefactor area rancher John Tarleton in 1899. In 1916 the school became affiliated with what would later be Texas A & M. The school currently boasts over 10,000 students in the heart of Stephenville, the Cowboy Capital of the World.


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