Oldest town in Texas Panhandle. Originally, a trading post, 2 miles south, 1874; moved nearer to Fort Elliott, 1875. Earlier called Sweetwater, was renamed in 1879.
Courthouse was completed by Mark Huselby, first county tax assessor, and other citizens.
Popular with hunters, cowboys, gamblers - town in1881 became judicial center of 35th District.
Temple Houston, son of the hero Sam Houston, was district attorney and the first state senator for this district.
After bypass by the Santa Fe Railroad (1888) and a destructive 1898 tornado, Mobeetie declined.