Motley County is a small county in the state of Texas. It is home to a population of 1,063 people. It is the 10th least populous county in Texas. The county seat is Matador. The county was organized in 1891. The county is in the southeast of the state.
In the mid-twentieth century, there were 373 farms in Motley County. The county’s economy was based mainly on crop raising. In the 1910 census, the county had 65,773 cattle, 4,100 acres of corn and sorghum, and 12,004 acres of cotton. The coming of the Quanah, Acme, and Pacific Railroads spurred a boom in farming. By the mid-1980s, there were 1,185 farms and ranches in Motley County.
The town’s population was composed of 308 households. Twenty-four percent of households were under 18 years of age. Forty-seven percent of households were married couples, and twenty-nine percent were single. The median age in the town was 43 years old. In general, the population of Motley County was more male than female, with ninety-three males to every 100 females.
Motley County is located in the western part of Texas. Its county seat is Matador, which is on U.S. Highway 70. Other towns in the county include Roaring Springs, Flomot, Whiteflat, and Northfield. The county promotes sports like swimming in the Roaring Springs and hunting turkey.
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Before the first European settlers came to Motley County, it was populated by the Comanches of the Liver-Eaters and Wanderer’s bands. The army’s Indian campaigns in the 1870s displaced the Comanches. Motley County was formed in 1876 by the Texas legislature. For judicial purposes, it was attached to Crosby County. In the mid-1870s, buffalo hunter Ballard established a supply station at Ballard Springs. Around the same time, Frank Collinson brought cattle from his ranch in nearby Crosby County.