Mobeetie, near Sweetwater Creek, got its name from a Native American word for "Sweetwater," a name already taken by another Texas town.
The town is the original county seat for Wheeler County, the first organized county in the Texas Panhandle. Mobeetie served as the legal center of the Panhandle until each county was organized. Fort Elliott was established in 1875 and remained active until 1890. Hidetown, which also was established in 1875 to serve buffalo hunters and soldiers, moved in 1878 to be closer to Fort Elliott, which has its own historical marker. No original buildings remain.
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