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Sutton County
The Sutton County Courthouse in Sonora
The Sutton County Courthouse in Sonora
Map of Texas highlighting Sutton 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
Founded 1890
Named for John S. Sutton
Seat Sonora
Largest city Sonora
Area
 • Total 1,454 sq mi (3,770 km2)
 • Land 1,454 sq mi (3,770 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)  0.03%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,372
 • Density 2.3191/sq mi (0.8954/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 23rd
Mercantile Garden, Sonora, TX IMG 1365
Mercantile Garden, located at the foot of the hill containing the Sutton County Courthouse
Sutton County, TX, Public Library IMG 1372
The Sutton County Library in Sonora
Veterans and Pioneer Ranch Women Museum, Sonora, TX IMG 1377
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 2020 census, the population was 3,372. Its county seat is Sonora. The county was created in 1887 and organized in 1890. Sutton County is named for John S. Sutton, an officer in the Confederate Army.

History

  • 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.
  • 1736 Lt. Miguel de la Garza Falcón leads 100 soldiers along the Devils River
  • 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.
  • 1881 Wall’s Well discovered by Tim Birtrong and Ed Wall. Town of Wentworth discovered. Birtrong Ranch is the area’s only ranch.
  • 1885 Charles G. Adams, a merchant and sometime rancher from Fort McKavett, founds Sonora, Texas, named after a family servant from Sonora, Mexico.
  • 1887 The Texas legislature establishes Sutton County, carved out of eastern Crockett County named for Confederate officer John Schuyler Sutton.
  • 1890 Sonora becomes the county seat.
  • 1915 Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers’ Association organized.
  • 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.
  • 1930 Sonora Wool and Mohair Company established.
  • 1936 WPA projects help local economy.
  • 1958, August 1 – Sonora Municipal Airport activated.
  • 1960, July 16 – Caverns of Sonora open to the public.
  • 1965 Caverns of Sonora designated National Natural Landmark.
  • 1975 Fort Terrett Ranch is purchased by the Texas oil industrrialist Bill Noël and used in part for the growing of pecans.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,454 square miles (3,770 km2), of which 1,454 square miles (3,770 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (0.03%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 658
1900 1,727 162.5%
1910 1,569 −9.1%
1920 1,598 1.8%
1930 2,807 75.7%
1940 3,977 41.7%
1950 3,746 −5.8%
1960 3,738 −0.2%
1970 3,175 −15.1%
1980 5,130 61.6%
1990 4,135 −19.4%
2000 4,077 −1.4%
2010 4,128 1.3%
2020 3,372 −18.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Sutton County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 1,639 1,200 39.70% 35.59%
Black or African American alone (NH) 6 6 0.15% 0.18%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 2 5 0.05% 0.15%
Asian alone (NH) 5 6 0.12% 0.18%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 7 14 0.17% 0.42%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 10 48 0.24% 1.42%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 2,459 2,093 59.57% 62.07%
Total 4,128 3,372 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Communities

City

Ghost Towns

Education

Sutton County is served by the Sonora Independent School District based in Sonora.

See also

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