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The Walker County Courthouse in 2014
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|Named for||Robert J. Walker, Renamed for Samuel H. Walker|
|• Total||802 sq mi (2,080 km2)|
|• Land||784 sq mi (2,030 km2)|
|• Water||17 sq mi (40 km2) 2.2%|
|• Density||95.26/sq mi (36.78/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Walker County is a county located in the east central section of the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 76,400. Its county seat is Huntsville. Initially, Walker County was named for Robert J. Walker, a legislator from Mississippi who introduced into the United States Congress the resolution to annex Texas. Walker later supported the U.S. during its Civil War and earned some enmity for it. In order to keep the county's name, the state renamed it for Samuel H. Walker (no relation), a Texas Ranger and soldier in the United States Army.
Americans James Mitchell (1795–1870) and his wife, the former Calpernia Franklin (1805–1865), immigrated to the future Walker County in 1833 and were awarded a Mexican land grant. Mitchell, who became one of the first county commissioners, established the Mitchell House and Inn on the Old San Antonio Road, also known as El Camino Real. During the 1840s, the house was a stop for weary and hungry stagecoach travelers.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 802 square miles (2,080 km2), of which 784 square miles (2,030 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.2%) is water.
- Interstate 45
- U.S. Highway 190
- State Highway 19
- State Highway 30
- State Highway 75
- Houston County (north)
- Trinity County (northeast)
- San Jacinto County (east)
- Montgomery County (south)
- Grimes County (west)
- Madison County (northwest)
National protected area
- Sam Houston National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Race / Ethnicity||Pop 2010||Pop 2020||% 2010||% 2020|
|White alone (NH)||39,671||39,823||58.46%||52.12%|
|Black or African American alone (NH)||15,098||16,382||22.25%||21.44%|
|Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH)||186||251||0.27%||0.33%|
|Asian alone (NH)||617||1,126||0.91%||1.47%|
|Pacific Islander alone (NH)||19||39||0.03%||0.05%|
|Some Other Race alone (NH)||72||318||0.11%||0.42%|
|Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH)||809||1,883||1.19%||2.46%|
|Hispanic or Latino (any race)||11,389||16,578||16.78%||21.70%|
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.
School districts serving portions of the county include:
- Huntsville Independent School District
- New Waverly Independent School District
- Richards Independent School District (portion)
- Trinity Independent School District (portion)
The Gulf Coast Trades Center, a charter school, is in an unincorporated area of the county.
The Huntsville and New Waverly ISDs are assigned to Lone Star College. Areas of Walker County in Trinity ISD are assigned to Angelina College. The portion of Richards ISD in Walker County is zoned to Blinn College.
- Eugene C. Barker
- Marilyn McAdams Sibley
- Slater Martin (Basketball Player)
In Spanish: Condado de Walker (Texas) para niños
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