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Welcome to Dickens County . . . Its Land and People.

* This is beautiful ranch land that is rich in wonderful history. I hope you will find this site helpful in your search for your ancestors and find the charm that Dickens County possesses. We are very proud to be sponsoring Dickens County and this site will be continually updated. Any information beneficial to this site is welcome, please e-mail Linda Fox Hughes

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*Historic big-ranch country on Rolling Plains of West Texas just below the Caprock, created in 1876 and organized 1891 from Bexar District. The legend is that it was named for J. Dickens, hero of Texas Revolution. Research has shown there was no J. Dickens but there was a patriot by the name of James Dempkins so "Dickens" was probably a result of variance in the spelling of the name. Soldier's Mound near Spur was an army supply camp for General Mackenzie's forces.
*Altitude is 2,000 - 3,000 feet, with about 15,000 acres on the High Plains in NW corner of the county with the remaining lands rolling to broke. Rough Croton Breaks are in SE portion. Good ground cover is provided for quail, dove and small game.
*Most of the county was originally land of big ranches - Spur (Swenson), Matador and Pitchfork. The Pitchfork is the only one still intact, (the others having been broken up into small ranches) and has increased in size by adding some of the Matador land to make the present total approximately 166,000 acres (part in King County). Pitchfork celebrated its 100th year of operation by the same family in 1983.
*The ranches, devoted to primarily raising beef cattle are mostly in rolling and rough lands. The land which lies on the high plains above the Cap Rock is mostly used for farming as are the level areas scattered through the county. There is some irrigation and the principal crops are cotton and feed grains for cattle. Oil production is very small.
*The population in 1986 was 3,539. It is semi arid with an annual rainfall of around 21 inches.



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