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Hi, my name
is Dave Bell and I
would like to welcome you to the Upton County TXGenWeb
Project. I'm very glad you stopped by and hope that you
find this website useful for your genealogical research.
Upton County, located
in southwest Texas south of Midland county, is named for
Confederate officers John C. and William F. Upton. The
county is in the Edwards Plateau vegetation region. At
2,300 to 3,000 feet above sea level, the northern
portion of the county is flat, while the southern
section is rolling and hilly and has numerous small
lakes, which drain to the Middle Concho and Pecos
rivers. Earliest inhabitants were the Comanche and
Apache Indians who lost their domain to the US Army and
the "advancing tide" of settlers in the 1870s and 1880s.
In the 1860s the Chihuahua Trail from Mexico to
Indianola crossed the area, as did the Butterfield
Overland Mail and the Goodnight-Loving Trail.
Originally a part of Bexar county,
Upton was part of Tom Green county from 1874 until 1887
when Upton county was established. In 1890 census there
were 52 people living in Upton county; 48 in 1900. A
public school was established in 1908, and in 1910 there
were 105 ranches or farms. Population had grown to 501.
1911 the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway reached
the town site of Rankin, which became the county seat in
1921. A full page is devoted to Upton
county in the New Texas Handbook, which is recommended for
The county clerk at Rankin, the
county seat, has vital records since 1910.
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Updated: February 3, 2013