Briscoe County, TXGenWeb Project

Briscoe County
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Hi, my name is Sara Cross and I am the Briscoe County coordinator. I'm very glad you stopped by and hope that you find this website useful for your genealogical research. I am not able to help with specific research questions, but should you have any questions or comments regarding the Briscoe County Genealogy Project, please email me at [email protected].

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Brief History of Briscoe County

Briscoe County was originally part of the Bexar District in 1876 (Bexar was part of the Old Mexican Municipality until 1836) and Briscoe County was organized in 1892.  The county is named after a Texas Revolutionary soldier, Andrew Briscoe.  Briscoe is bordered on the west by Swisher County, north by Armstrong County, east by Hall County and south by Floyd and Motley counties.  The county seat is Silverton.
        Briscoe County was a thriving county with merchants and businessman flooding into the county, as well as, agriculture being a prime trade.   The biggest cash crop in 1930 was cotton, which started out as being an experimental crop in the area.  Before the first World War, cotton, sorghum and wheat were planted in the county and the first gin was built in 1912.  To read more about the history of Briscoe County, please checkout Briscoe County History.
        In Briscoe County, make sure you visit the Caprock Canyons State Park in Quitaque with over 15,000 acres to explore.  There is a trailway for nature hikes, as well as, a Rail-to-Trail conversion.  On the trail you can hike, bike and ride horses and take in the beautiful scenic areas that you can't see in the city.  Along the trailway, families can camp, fish, swim, boat (no-wake lake), drive through the countryside, and go on guided tours.  To venture on horseback you have two options:  guided tour or unguided tour with rental of horses - make sure you make reservations at least one day in advance to sign up for rentals.

For a list of events in Caprock Canyons State Park, please visit their website. The Caprock Canyons State Park photo was submitted by Phil Barefield.

Source:  The Handbook of Texas Online, 2004 Feb 13.

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Towns in Briscoe County

|  Antelope Flats  |  Gasoline  |  Kinder  |  Quitaque  |  Rock Creek  |  Silverton  |  Whiteley  |  Whitney  |

Our Neighbors

Randall County  |  Armstrong County  |  Donley County  |

Swisher County  |  Briscoe County  |  Hall County  |
Hale County  |  Floyd County  |  Motley County  |

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