Sutton County, Texas

Sutton County, Texas
Sutton county courthouse 2009.jpg
The Sutton County Courthouse in Sonora
Map of Texas highlighting Sutton County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Largest citySonora
 • Total1,454 sq mi (3,766 km2)
 • Land1,454 sq mi (3,766 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1 km2), 0.03%
 • (2010)4,128
 • Density2.8/sq mi (1.1/km2)
Congressional district23rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/
Mercantile Garden, located at the foot of the hill containing the Sutton County Courthouse
The Sutton County Library in Sonora
Veterans & Pioneer Ranch Women Museum in Sonora

Sutton County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,128.[1] Its county seat is Sonora.[2] The county was created in 1887 and organized in 1890.[3] Sutton County is named for John S. Sutton, an officer in the Confederate Army.


  • 9500 BC – c. 1860s AD Paleo-Indians in the county leave behind archaeological remains of a burned-rock midden with mortar and pestle, as well as other tools. Later native inhabitants include Tonkawa, Comanche and Lipan Apache.[4]
  • 1736 Lt. Miguel de la Garza Falcón leads 100 soldiers along the Devils River[5][6]
  • 1852, February 2 - Camp Terrett, later known as Fort Terrett, established to protect settlers from Comanches. Founded by Lt. Col. Henry Bainbridge and named for Lt. John Terrett, who was killed in the Battle of Monterrey in 1846.[7]
  • 1881 Wall’s Well discovered by Tim Birtrong and Ed Wall. Town of Wentworth discovered. Birtrong Ranch is the area’s only ranch.[8]
  • 1885 Charles G. Adams, a merchant and sometime rancher from Fort McKavett, founds Sonora, Texas, named after a family servant from Sonora, Mexico.[9]
  • 1887 The Texas legislature establishes Sutton County, carved out of eastern Crockett County named for Confederate officer John Schuyler Sutton.[4]
  • 1890 Sonora becomes the county seat.[4]
  • 1915 Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers’ Association organized.[10]
  • 1928 The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway acquires Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway to connect Sonora with San Angelo, Del Rio, and the outside world by rail.[4]
  • 1930 Sonora Wool and Mohair Company established.[4]
  • 1936 WPA projects help local economy.[4]
  • 1958, August 1 – Sonora Municipal Airport activated.[11]
  • 1960, July 16 – Caverns of Sonora open to the public.[12]
  • 1965 Caverns of Sonora designated National Natural Landmark.[13]
  • 1975 Fort Terrett Ranch is purchased by the Texas oil industrrialist Bill Noël and used in part for the growing of pecans.[14]
Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Sutton Kūn (Texas)
Cebuano: Sutton County
čeština: Sutton County
Deutsch: Sutton County
français: Comté de Sutton
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: সাটন কাউন্টি, টেক্সাস
magyar: Sutton megye
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Sutton Gông (Texas)
Nederlands: Sutton County
پنجابی: سٹن کاؤنٹی
Plattdüütsch: Sutton County
português: Condado de Sutton
Simple English: Sutton County, Texas
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Sutton County, Texas
svenska: Sutton County
Türkçe: Sutton, Teksas
Tiếng Việt: Quận Sutton, Texas
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