in a (Burkett) Pecan Shell|
The county was established in 1858 but
hardly anyone was interested in settling this region for the first twenty years.
Founded in 1876, Callahan City was originally a waterhole on the Western Cattle
Trail to Dodge City. As Yogi Berra might have said: “It’s future was ahead
Stores appeared to supply traildrivers, and with the arrival
of settlers, they started stocking items for permanent residents.
first Callahan County Commissioners Court was held here in July of 1877, but despite
having the advantage of it’s name – it lost county seat status to Belle
Plain in December that same year.
Plain hardly had time to gloat – they lost their county seat status to Baird
a short time later when the Texas and Pacific Railroad came through, bypassing
A cemetery (shown on county maps) is now all that remains
of Callahan City.