My name is Mary Helen McKnight and I am the coordinator for Cochran County. If you have any questions, suggestions, or if you have information or photographs to share concerning Cochran County, please contact me.
Cochran County was formed in 1876 and organized in 1924. The county was named in honor of Robert E. Cochran, a defender of the Alamo.
Cochran County is home to the towns of Morton, Whiteface, Bledsoe, Lehman, and Griffith.
Cochran County was originally a part of the Yellow House divison of the XIT Ranch. Cochran County eventually became the home of the Lazy S Ranch headquarters, owned by C.C. Slaughter.
When the heirs of C.C. Slaughter dissolved the company and sold their lands, farmers began to settle and ranchlands gave way to farms. The economy and county contiued to grow, reaching a peak population of 6,417 in 1960.
As big farms took over the smaller farming operations, the population began to decrease. The 2010 U.S. Census lists the county population at 3,127 with over 2,000 living in Morton, the county seat.
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United States Census Bureau
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