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Jones County was created in 1858 from Bexar and Bosque County and named for Anson Jones, (1798-1858). Anson Jones was a veteran of San Jacinto, minister to the U.S. Secretary of State and the last President of the Texas Republic.
Jones County is the site of the Emigrant Trail, The Frontier Military Road and Fort Phantom Hill, which was founded in 1851 to guard the Military Road.
The county is located in West Central Texas, and is part of the Lower Rolling Plains. There are five school districts and various communities throughout the county. School districts within the county include Anson, Hamlin, Stamford, Hawley, and Lueders/Avoca. The population of the county in 2010, was 20,202.