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Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Mills County, Texas.

Historical Timeline

Among the first inhabitants were the Apache and Comanche

  • 1786–1789 - Pedro Vial explores a route from San Antonio to Santa Fe for Spain and passes through the county.
  • 1828 - Capt. Henry Stevenson Brown passes through the county to recover stock stolen by Indians
  • 1852 - Dick Jenkins becomes the county's first permanent settler
  • 1857 - A Methodist circuit rider holds the county's first religious service in the cabin of Charles Mullin
  • 1858 - Mr. and Mrs. Mose Jackson and two of their children are killed by Indians at Jackson Springs, while two other children were carried into captivity. After a force of settlers rout the Indians at Salt Gap, their pursuers and a company of Texas Rangers recover the captive Jackson children
  • 1869–1897 - Lawlessness is rampant in post–Civil War Mills County. Vigilante committees create a reign of terror. Lynchings and assassinations become commonplace. The Texas Rangers are brought in to restore law and order
  • 1885 - Goldthwaite is established as the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway builds tracks into the region
  • 1887 - The Texas state legislature forms Mills County from Brown, Comanche, Hamilton, and Lampasas counties. Goldthwaite becomes the county seat
  • 1890 - The county courthouse is erected
  • 1905 - A Confederate Reunion is held in Goldthwaite
  • 1912 - The courthouse burns down, arson suspected
  • 1913 - A new brick, stone and concrete courthouse is erected in the Classical Revival style designed by the architect Henry Phelps
  • 1915 - The Confederate Memorial Monument is placed on the courthouse grounds in Goldthwaite. The statue was funded by public donations, the civic organization Self Culture Club, Jeff Davis Camp 117 and United Confederate Veterans
  • 1982 - Oil is discovered in Mills County

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Bozar
  • Center City
  • Democrat
  • Goldthwaite (County Seat)
  • Mullin
  • Priddy
  • Williams Ranch



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places