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Old 07-27-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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Fort Davis, Marfa, Alpine. This is rural although not poor. It is high desert some 5000 feet above sea level with a very nice climate. I believe the total population of the three counties is about 30,000, Alpine and Marfa are the county seats of their counties and Davis County doesn't have a city so it doesn't have a county seat. (I have no idea where the land records would be kept.)

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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......Alpine and Marfa are the county seats of their counties and Davis County doesn't have a city so it doesn't have a county seat. (I have no idea where the land records would be kept.)

Qazulight
Uh.....huh? I think you'd better check your Texas Almanac. The county seat of Jeff Davis county is Fort Davis. What made you think that any county could not have a county seat?!

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Uh.....huh? I think you'd better check your Texas Almanac. The county seat of Jeff Davis county is Fort Davis. What made you think that any county could not have a county seat?!
It may not be the case in Texas, but Todd and Shannon Counties in South Dakota don't have county seats. The county seat of a neighboring county serves as their administrative centers.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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It may not be the case in Texas, but Todd and Shannon Counties in South Dakota don't have county seats. The county seat of a neighboring county serves as their administrative centers.
That may be the case, but saying that Jeff Davis county has no county seat isn't correct!
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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Davis County doesn't have a city so it doesn't have a county seat. (I have no idea where the land records would be kept.)
The county seat in Jeff Davis County is Fort Davis. Every county has a seat, and county seats needn't be cities. Some counties have no cities (such as Terrell and Kenedy). Some counties have at least one city but the county seat isn't a city (Hudspeth - Dell City is a city, Jeff Davis - Valentine is a city, and Palo Pinto - Palo Pinto is not a city).

The best story of a county seat is in Bowie County. Boston is not a city, and is the county seat. The land Boston occupies has been annexed into the city of New Boston. Since county seats are determined in elections, they can't just change the seat to New Boston. That would require an election, and apparently it isn't important enough to call an election for it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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...but the county seat isn't a city (Hudspeth - Dell City is a city...
Dell City is NOT the county seat of Hudspeth county. Sierra Blanca is the county seat and is a much older community than Dell City.

Just because it's called a city doesn't mean it qualifies as such. Dell City is a great example of a place that named itself in great hopes of becoming more than a remote desert locale where discovery of water instead of hoped for oil made living there (barely) possible.

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Old 07-28-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Dell City is NOT the county seat of Hudspeth county. Sierra Blanca is the county seat and is a much older community than Dell City.

Just because it's called a city doesn't mean it qualifies as such. Dell City is a great example of a place that named itself in great hopes of becoming more than a remote desert locale where discovery of water instead of hoped for oil made living there (barely) possible.

Not sure how this thread about "mountains in Texas" went so far off track...???

That's what I'm saying. There's no relation between county seats and cities. Some counties have at least one city, such as Dell City, while the county seat is not a city, such as Sierra Blanca. What makes a city is strictly a legal distinction, having nothing to do with size or importance. I suspect that part of the reason cities like Valentine and Dell City exist is to supplement government services from the county, as a result of feeling ignored by the far-away county seat.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Here is a complete list of all Texas Counties and County Seats and here is a Texas County Map

See: The Handbook of Texas Online - lots of interesting Texas info here!
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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Uh.....huh? I think you'd better check your Texas Almanac. The county seat of Jeff Davis county is Fort Davis. What made you think that any county could not have a county seat?!
Well, I stand corrected!

I picked up on this

"An unincorporated town, Fort Davis, population 1050±,"

and didn't read this

"
serves as the county seat of Jeff Davis County, population 2207±, and hosts the county courthouse, judge, sheriff and county clerk's offices."

Welcome to Fort Davis, Texas

I just made the assumption that if it wasn't a town, it couldn't be a county seat!

While Nacogdoches is nice, We ate at a nice Italian restaurant last night, I wonder if I was right to pass up the job in Alpine.

Cheers
Qazulight
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Where I live.
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Well, I stand corrected! .........

Welcome to Fort Davis, Texas

I just made the assumption that if it wasn't a town, it couldn't be a county seat!

While Nacogdoches is nice, We ate at a nice Italian restaurant last night, I wonder if I was right to pass up the job in Alpine.

Cheers
Qazulight
Only time will tell. Good luck!

I can't wait to get back down there (FD/A/M) very soon!
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