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DONLEY COUNTY, TEXAS

34 57' 36" N, 100 48' 36" W (34.96, -100.81)

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  • Donley  County
    Contiguous Counties:
    Gray County (N) Collingsworth County (E) Hall County (S) Briscoe County (SW) Armstrong County (W) Wheeler County (NW)

    Donley County History

    1936 Texas Centennial Marker:

    DONLEY COUNTY
    Formed from Young and Bexar territories;
    Created August 21, 1876;
    Organized March 22, 1882;
    Named in honor of Stockton P. Donley 1821-1871; a Confederate officer elected to the Texas Supreme Bench in 1866;
    Clarendon, the County Seat.


    DONLEY COUNTY by Lou Ann Herda


    Donley County is named for Stockton P. Donley, skilled criminal lawyer and elected Texas Supreme Court Judge. He didn't live in the Panhandle, but he's said to have been as clever an attorney as Patrick "give me liberty, or give me death" Henry. Donley County, created in 1876, was also cattle country, with the JA Ranch (established that year by Goodnight and John Adair), the RO Ranch, and Carhart's Quarter Circle Heart Ranch covering most of the area.

    Donley County Courthouse
    Donley County Courthouse
    Donley County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Rhonda Aveni

    Armstrong County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Clarendon
    Area Hotel -
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  • Hedley
  • Jericho ghost town
  • Lelia Lake
  • Rockledge ghost town
  • Rowe ghost town

  • Donley County Vintage Maps
    Donley County TX 1907 Postal Map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Donley County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Donley  County 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Donley County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Donley  County TX 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Donley County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Donley County
    1936 Texas Centennial Marker
    U.S. 287 & Hwy 70, West of Clarendon
    Clarendon Tx - Donley County Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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