Montague County, Texas
Montague County (// MAHN-tayg) 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.
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.
On July 9, 2001, Texas 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, 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.
- Jefferson County, Oklahoma (north)
- Love County, Oklahoma (northeast)
- Cooke County (east)
- Wise County (south)
- Jack County (southwest)
- Clay County (west)
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census
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.
- U.S. Highway 81
- U.S. Highway 82
- U.S. Highway 287
- State Highway 59
- State Highway 101
- State Highway 175
Farm to Market Roads
Other unincorporated communities
Prior to 1996, Montague County was strongly Democratic in presidential elections. The only Republican Party candidates who managed to win the county from 1912 to 1992 were Herbert Hoover thanks to anti-Catholic sentiment towards Al Smith as well as Richard Nixon & Ronald Reagan in their 49-state landslides of 1972 & 1984, respectively. Since 1996, the county has swung hard to the supporting Republican Party similar to almost all white-majority rural counties in the Solid South, with its presidential candidates winning by increasing margins in each passing election. As a testament to how strongly Republican the county has swung, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a margin of over 75 percent in 2016, compared to an only 4.7 percent margin Bob Dole won the county by 20 years prior at the start of its Republican trend.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Montague County, Texas
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Montague County
- Buford T. Justice
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- Historic Montague County materials, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- Montague County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau