the area of Somervell County below the Chalk Mountain hill to the Brazos
was Erath County jurisdiction , back when Paluxy and its Baptist Collete
were in Erath county. There was also a Squaw Creek Post office in Erath
County- the creek starts there and goes into the Comanche Peak - Squaw
Creek Neuclear plant in Somervell County. Back then, apparently Johnson
County joined Erath County at the Brazos for a year or more. Nancy Smith
Cemetery, burial place of "Deaf " Smith's wife- of Alamo fame at
Crossroads would have been in Erath County
By the way, did you know that you climb more feet in Altitude from Glen
Rose to Chalk Mountain or Stephenville than you do from Post to Lubbock
going up the Caprock- I think one could say from Snyder to Lubbock.
Ranger Hill is longer with ups and downs to the Brazos- which is how far
a loaded 18 wheeler could coast.
We got caught behind a man who was 2/3 of the way up the Chalk Mountain
hill with a truck tractor and new Mobile Home from Cleburne.
He was stalled, standing on his brake and could not get out. We got
movers blocks and propped his wheels. He had burned his clutch out. We
carried him to Jackson's Station in Chalk Mountain, where a local Cedar
Chopper or Post cutter, with a truck with a bed made of cedar poles to
haul post on. He volunteered to pull the truck and trailer to level
ground near Jackson's . i did not believe he could. His truck was lopinfg
and smoking, but when he tied to the man, it started running like a
cadillac and, with weight of cab and engine mostly on his rear axle due
to the slope of the hill. , he had no problem.
I have never seen a map of Erath and Johnson Counties joining, but none
may have been published, counties were organizing so fast at one time.
Some Erath County records were kept in Meridian- as listed on our Selden
land- and before that some land and marriage records of Erath County are
still kept in the Archives of the McLennan County Tax office- especially
.taxsales. May have also been a case like in Arkansas where some circuit
riding ministers in Erath Couty area never gort recorded in Waco by the
Charles A. Wyly