Childress County is situated on the eastern edge of the Texas Panhandle, and was named after George C. Childress, who was the author of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It was officially formed in 1876, with the town of Childress as the county seat. The county's economy is mostly sustained by agriculture - through farming and ranching. Cotton, wheat, sorghum, and peanuts as well as beef cattle are the key agricultural products. Recreation activities in the area include visiting parks, lakes and creeks, fishing, hunting of deer, turkey, wild hog, quail, and dove.