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is an unincorporated community
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in south central Erath County
Erath County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 33,001. It is named for George Bernard Erath, an early surveyor and a soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto. The seat of the county is Stephenville....
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, United States
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. Selden is located along Fm-913 between US Highway 281 and US Highway 67 around 9 miles (14.5 km) south-southeast of Stephenville
Stephenville is a city in and the county seat of Erath County, Texas, United States. The population was 14,921 at the 2000 census. Founded in 1856, it is home to Tarleton State University. Stephenville is among several communities that calls itself the "Cowboy Capital of the...
. The community was named after a man who owned a ranch
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nearby during the 1850s. A post office was granted for Selden in the 1890s and by 1900 Selden grew to near 100 residents. The post office had disbanded by 1915 after significant population fluctuations. The population remained at around a steady 71 from 1980 through the 1990s. Through the 2000s Selden maintained a Baptist church, a Methodist church, two cemeteries, a community center (formerly the Selden School), and a Volunteer Fire Department. Selden continues to be a primarily farming, dairy, and ranching community.