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Montague County, Texas

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Congressional district  13th
Website  www.co.montague.tx.us
Founded  1858
County seat  Montague
Time zone  Central: UTC-6/-5
Area  2,429 km²
Population  19,503 (2013)
Largest city  Bowie
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Cities  Bowie, Nocona, St. Jo, Sunset, Stoneburg
Rivers  Red River of the South, Denton Creek

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Montague County (/ˈmɒntæɡ/ MON-tag) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, established in 1857. As of the 2010 census, its population was 19,719. The county seat is Montague. The county was created in 1857 and organized the next year. It is named for Daniel Montague, a surveyor and soldier in the Mexican-American War.


Map of Montague County, TX, USA

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, has since January 2013 represented Montague County in the Texas House of Representatives. He carried the county in the 2012 Republican runoff election.

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On July 9, 2001, Governor Rick Perry issued a state of disaster for Montague County relating to substantial fires which had ravaged large portions of the county. In later interviews, Governor Perry called the fire "the most vicious" he'd ever seen.

On September 26, 2009, an historical marker on the Chisholm Trail was unveiled at the site of the former community of Red River Station in Montague County. The 5.5-foot concrete marker is the last of twelve erected in Montague County as part of a joint project of the Texas Lakes Trail and the Montague County Historical Commission to outline the Chisholm Trail.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 938 square miles (2,430 km2), of which 931 square miles (2,410 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Jefferson County, Oklahoma (north)
  • Love County, Oklahoma (northeast)
  • Cooke County (east)
  • Wise County (south)
  • Jack County (southwest)
  • Clay County (west)
  • National protected area

  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland (part)
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, there were 19,117 people, 7,770 households, and 5,485 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,862 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.95% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.64% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 5.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

    There were 7,770 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

    In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

    The median income for a household in the county was $31,048, and the median income for a family was $38,226. Males had a median income of $31,585 versus $19,589 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,115. About 10.00% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.


    The following school districts serve Montague County:

  • Alvord ISD (mostly in Wise County)
  • Bowie ISD (small portion in Clay, Jack counties)
  • Forestburg ISD
  • Gold-Burg ISD (small portion in Clay County)
  • Montague ISD
  • Nocona ISD
  • Prairie Valley ISD
  • Saint Jo ISD (small portion in Cooke County)
  • Slidell ISD (partly in Wise, Denton counties; small portion in Cooke County)
  • In addition, a branch of North Central Texas College operates in Bowie.

    Major highways

  • U.S. Highway 81
  • U.S. Highway 82
  • U.S. Highway 287
  • State Highway 59
  • State Highway 101
  • State Highway 175
  • Cities

  • Bowie
  • Nocona
  • St. Jo
  • Census-designated places

  • Montague
  • Nocona Hills
  • Sunset
  • Ghost town

  • Red River Station
  • References

    Montague County, Texas Wikipedia