Welcome to Callahan County, Texas!
Callahan County, located in Central Texas, east of Abilene and west of Fort Worth, is surrounded on the north by Shackelford County and Jones County, on the east by Eastland County, on the south by Coleman County and Brown County, and on the west by Taylor County. In 2010 the county's population was 13,544. Clyde is the largest town with a population of 3713. The population of Baird, the county seat, was 1496, and the other incorporated towns, Cross Plains 982 and Putnam 98. The rest of the population lives in the unincorporated communities of Eula, Oplin, Denton Valley, Rowden, Cottonwood, Admiral, Atwell or in a rural area.
Callahan County was formed in 1858, but between 1858 and 1877, the county was attached to Bexar County, Travis County and Eastland County for judicial purposes. If your research takes you to Callahan County before 1877, you could check the records in one of those counties. Census Records for Callahan County start in 1880.
Several histories and other books about Callahan County have been published, although none of them are available for viewing online. You may be able to find them at your local library or request them through Interlibrary loan.