COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1888
COUNTY NAMED FOR: John C. Hale, who died at the battle of San Jacinto.
COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: The names Runningwater and Hackberry Grove were rejected in favor of Plainview, since a vast treeless plain surrounded the area.
Three - 1888, 1890, and 1910
STANDING: One - 1910 Beaux-Arts courthouse built of brick.