Located in the great Sandhills area, this county was not organized until Marach 29, 1889.  Named for Gen. Joseph Hooker, of Civil War fame, this area was slow to develop.  Because of its semi-arid climate and sandy soil, it did not lend itself to homesteading and since these hills of sand were so isolaated, they were a safe rufuge for outlaws and rustlers.  The railroad helped bring civilization to the area.   Mullen (county seat) is the only incorporated town.