Tarrant County, located in the United States, is the third most populous county in Texas and the 15th most populous in the United States. It is home to the iconic Tarrant County Courthouse, which was designed by the firm Gunn & Curtis and built by the Probst Construction Company of Chicago between 1893 and 1895. The courthouse, made of pink granite from central Texas, took more than two years to construct. Tarrant County was created in 1845 when a group of Missouri settlers moved south of the current northern border of Tarrant County and another group founded Birdville on the banks of Big Fossil Creek. The Texas Congress encouraged this agreement by offering large grants to companies such as Peters Land Company, which eventually obtained the land that would become Tarrant County. The first county seat election was held in 1851 and Birdville became the first seat of Tarrant County. The Great Depression had a significant impact on Tarrant County, as it did on all areas of the nation.
However, it wasn't until late 1932 that its full effect was felt. Trail drivers needed supplies and entertainment, and Tarrant County was willing and able to provide them. With an emphasis on the cultural heritage of Tarrant County and North Texas, they house thousands of items that document local and state history, including images of businesses, cemeteries, churches, courts, law enforcement officers, monuments, bandits, schools, Native Americans and the first pioneers of Tarrant County. Tarrant County voters favored the Democratic candidate in virtually every presidential election from 1892 to 1948; the only exception occurred in 1928 when Republican Herbert Hoover took over the county. On the cliff where the Tarrant County Courthouse now stands, a company from the Second University of Texas established a military post in 1849. Tarrant County is one of 254 counties in Texas that were originally established by the State to function as decentralized administrative divisions that provided state services and collected state taxes. Little is known about the Native Americans who inhabited the area of present-day Tarrant County before European explorers arrived in the 16th century.
However, if it is legally required to rely on information contained in these pages, official Tarrant County records should be consulted.