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by Randy Pollard


Walker County was carved out of Montgomery County by the First Texas State Legislature on April 6, 1846.  Huntsville was designated the county seat and first commissioner’s court meeting was on July 27, 1846.  My 4th Great-Grandfather, Elijah S. Collard, was an original commissioner and attended the first meeting of commissioner’s court. The County was named for Robert J. Walker from Mississippi who introduced the Joint Resolution for the Annexation of Texas in the U. S. Congress.  However, because Walker was a Unionist, during the Civil War the State changed, in 1863, the honoree to Samuel H. Walker, a Texas Ranger and gunsmith.  Samuel Walker was killed in Mexico in 1847 and his remains were finally buried in San Antonio.



Samuel Hamilton Walker 




Walker County is only one of fifty counties that have adopted a County Flag.  In 1984 a flag design contest was open to 7th and 8th graders and the winning flag was from the 7th grade Texas history class at Mance Park Junior High. My mother, Liberty Pollard, was the teacher of that class.  The winning flag was formally presented and approved by Commissioners Court on October 21, 1985.  The flag is green and has a white map of the county in the center.  In the center of the flag is a green ring with two pine trees and the words” Walker County” arching over the circle.  Along the bottom of the flag is the date of the county’s creation “1846”.


Walker County Flag



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