Place:Walker, Texas, United States

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Walker County is a county located in the US state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 67,861. Its county seat is Huntsville.

Initially, Walker County was named for Robert J. Walker, a legislator from Mississippi who introduced into the United States Congress the resolution to annex Texas. However, Walker later supported the Union during the Civil War; thus, in order to keep the county's name from being changed, it was renamed for Samuel H. Walker, a Texas Ranger and soldier in the American Army.

Walker County is part of the Huntsville Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the HoustonBaytown–Huntsville Combined Statistical Area.

James Mitchell (1795–1870) and his wife, the former Calpernia Franklin (1805–1865), came to the future Walker County under a Mexican land grant in 1833. Mitchell, who became one of the first county commissioneers, established the Mitchell House and Inn on the Old San Antonio Road, also known as El Camino Real. During the 1840s, the house was a stop for weary stagecoach travelers.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1846 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1846 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1846 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1846 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1847 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 3,964
1860 8,191
1870 9,776
1880 12,024
1890 12,874
1900 15,813
1910 16,061
1920 18,556
1930 18,528
1940 19,868
1950 20,163
1960 21,475
1970 27,680
1980 41,789
1990 50,917

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