The Land and it's People prepared by the Deaf Smith County Library
Deaf Smith County is located on the Texas - New Mexico Border and has a very interesting history. The county was named after Erastus "Deaf" Smith, a Texas scout, guide, Indian Fighter and participant in the battle of San Antonio and the Battle of San Jacinto. He was born in New York on April 19, 1787. Smith was "hard of hearing" at an early age which caused him "to remain silent and fond of solitude", this in turn, led him to become observant and get to know the land around him well. This enabled him to pass valuable info for the Texas Revolution. His monument says, "Deaf Smith, The Texas Spy".
The county was created from Bexar Territory on Aug. 21, 1876 but was not created until 1890. It was attached to Oldham County for law and court business with Tascosa as the county seat. Some of the early city officials were: Mayors, L.Gough, S.B. Edwards, J.H. Head. Aldermen: L.A. Stroud, R.N. Mounts, Judge J.R. Dean, Atty. F.C. Highsmith, County and Dist. Clerk C.W. Witherspoon and Sheriff, J.M. Cook.
Erastus "Deaf" Smith
Biography of "Deaf" Smith From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia freerepublic.com Revolutionary hero who fought for Texass independence Anthony Quinn in Los Amigos (1972) as "Deaf" Smith Where is Erastus (Deaf Smith)Smith buried?
Beef Capital of the World
Deaf Smith County is also known as the Beef Capital of the World because of the large number of cattle fed in the area (the city is named for the Hereford breed). Source:wikipedia.org/
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