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Buchel County
Map depicting Buchel County's location in 1888
Map depicting Buchel County's location in 1888
Map of Texas highlighting Buchel County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Existed 1887–1897
Named for Augustus Buchel
Seat Marathon
Largest Town Marathon
 • Total 298

Buchel County was a former Texas county. Its area is now completely contained in the present Brewster County.


On March 15, 1887 the Texas legislature passed legislation that divided Presidio County into four counties: Presidio, Jeff Davis, Foley and Buchel. Named after German soldier and war hero Augustus Buchel, the county occupied the northeast corner of what is now Brewster County including the town of Marathon which was to serve as the county seat. The 1890 Census reported 298 residents in Buchel County, the majority of whom lived in Marathon. In 1889, it and neighboring Foley County were attached to the original Brewster County for surveying purposes, and in 1897 both counties were abolished and absorbed by Brewster County.

  • Buchel County from the Handbook of Texas Online
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