in a Milk Bottle
1854 - John M. Stephen settles in the area - donates land for
1856 - George Bernard Erath, lays out the town when Erath
County was organized
1857 - Town gets approved for post office - John Stephens is
1858 - population reaches 766 people - but Indian attacks and
the Civil War reduce it to 300 by 1871
1870 - First newspaper - The Texas Pacific is printed for Erath
1889 - Ft. Worth and Rio Grande Railroad arrives
1890s - Second newspaper appears - John Tarleton Agricultural
1892 - Erath
County courthouse is built. Designed by J. Riely Gordon.
The 20th Century History of Erath
County is rather quiet. The growth has been slow and steady with
John Tarleton College becoming Tarleton University.
Erath County became
the top producing dairy county in the state - as proclaimed on the
square by Moola the cow.
Landmarks / Attractions
News by Mike Cox
Meteor, killer pachyderm, nine lives, dog ghost ...
McDow Hole by Bob Hopkins
"The story of the McDow ghost became very popular by the
end of the 19th century ... many people would come to the water
hole hoping to get a glimpse of the specter."
187 West Washington, Texas 76401
Phone: 254-965-5313, 1-800-658-6490.
The chamber of commerce has a good walking / windshield tour of
21 of the towns interesting buildings complete with background information.
Want to know how much the fiberglass cow cost? It's provided.
House Museum Complex at 525 E. Washington St. has seven more buildings
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact