Presidio County Texas
History Timeline

A Short TimeLine for
Presidio County

Contributed by Verner Bonner
  • 1857 Milton Favor set up headquarters on Cibolo Ranch. He was married to Senorita Francisca Ramirez.
  • 1874 Barbed wire invented. First barbed wire fence in Presidio County was built by W. F. Mitchell in 1888.
  • 1875 Presidio County Organized.
  • 1880's Pioneers started coming to Presidio County.
  • 1882 Southern Pacific Railroad came to Marfa.
  • 1883 Silver discovered south of Marfa. The town of Shafter became a boom town.
  • 1885 Marfa Public School opened. Marfa High School was instituted in 1900.
  • 1913 Camp Marfa was established. It became known officially as Fort D. A. Russell January 1, 1930.
  • 1916-1926 Frank Duncan photographed this area. His collection, housed in the Presidio County Museum is considered very prestigious and valuable.
  • 1914-1918 Highland Hereford Breeders' Association organized and active.
  • 1955 "Giant" movie was filmed here.
  • 1970 Twelfth World Soaring Championships held at the old army airbase East of Marfa. This was the only world championship ever held in the U.S.

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