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County was originally part of the Bexar District in 1876 (Bexar
was part of the Old Mexican Municipality until 1836) and Briscoe
County was organized in 1892. The county is named after a
Texas Revolutionary soldier, Andrew Briscoe. Briscoe is
bordered on the west by Swisher County, north by Armstrong
County, east by Hall County and south by Floyd and Motley
counties. The county seat is Silverton.
Briscoe County was a thriving county with merchants and businessman flooding into the county, as well as, agriculture being a prime trade. The biggest cash crop in 1930 was cotton, which started out as being an experimental crop in the area. Before the first World War, cotton, sorghum and wheat were planted in the county and the first gin was built in 1912. To read more about the history of Briscoe County, please checkout Briscoe County History.
In Briscoe County, make sure you visit the Caprock Canyons State Park in Quitaque with over 15,000 acres to explore. There is a trailway for nature hikes, as well as, a Rail-to-Trail conversion. On the trail you can hike, bike and ride horses and taking in the beautiful scenic areas that you can't see in the city. Along the trailway, families can camp, fish, swim, boat (no-wake lake), drive through the countryside, and go on guided tours. To venture on horseback you have two options: guided tour or unguided tour with rental of horses - make sure you make reservations at least one day in advance to sign up for rentals.
For a list of events in Caprock Canyons State Park, please visit their website. The Caprock Canyons State Park photo was submitted by Phil Barefield.
Source: The Handbook of Texas Online, 2004 Feb 13.
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