Baylor County, Texas

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Baylor County, Texas

Baylor County, located in North Central Texas, consists of level to hilly topography draining to the Brazos and Wichita rivers and includes Lake Kemp, Lake Diversion, and Millers Creek Reservoir. Land features sandy loam, red soils, grassland, mesquites, and cedars. Local economy consists of agribusiness, retail services, and health services.

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Where is Baylor County, Texas?

  • Baylor County, in North Central Texas, is bounded on the south by Throckmorton County, on the east by Archer County, on the north by Wilbarger County, and on the west by Knox and Foard counties. Its center is 30º37' north latitude and 99º12' west longitude, fifty miles southwest of Wichita Falls. The county is level to hilly. It comprises 845 square miles with an average elevation of 1,250 feet. The land is drained by the Salt Fork of the Brazos and the Big Wichita rivers.
  • Baylor County is served by the Fort Worth and Denver Railway (Burlington Northern). U.S. Highway 183/283 runs from north to south across the county, and U.S. 82/277 goes from southwest to northeast. These are supplemented by several farm-to-market and local roads. Baylor County communities include Bomarton, Red Springs, Round Timber, Westover, and Seymour.

Adjacent Counties

  • Wilbarger County (north)
  • Archer County (east)
  • Throckmorton County (south)
  • Knox County (west)
  • Foard County (northwest)
  • Wichita County (northeast)
  • Haskell County (southwest)
  • Young County (southeast)

Sites and Attractions in Baylor County

  • Anglers have over 100 miles of shoreline to explore around Lake Kemp. This a 15,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, only 10 miles north of Seymour, TX. Fluctuating water levels can impact fishing opportunities, leaving much of the cover high and dry when water levels are low.

  • Recreation in the county is —mainly outdoor activities. The oldest event is the annual Cowboys' Reunion, which was first held in 1896 and in its early years featured Indians; it has been renamed the Settlers' Reunion. Lake Kemp, on the Wichita River, was opened in 1924 behind its new dam and in the 1980s provided recreational as well as irrigation water for Wichita Falls and other towns.

  • The Whiteside Museum of Natural History is dedicated to inspiring every generation to embrace a positive future of limitless opportunities. By encouraging scientific exploration of our past and present world, and the immense cultural and scientific importance represented by the town of Seymour, Texas, the pathways to the future of our youth are infinite.

Farming and Ranching in Baylor County

  • The soils vary from sandy to loam and red, and the ground cover is largely grasses, mesquites, and junipers. The average annual rainfall is 26.36 inches. Temperatures range from an average high of 98º F in July to an average low of 28º in January. The growing season averages 214 days.
  • The United States agricultural census for 2002 reported that the county harvested 636,391 bushels of wheat that year. The census also credited the county with 195,800 bushels of oats and 65,225 bushels of sorghum. Cotton production was 5,870 bales, and 73,079 cattle and lesser numbers of other livestock were reported to round out a fairly well-diversified agricultural economy. The total agricultural income for the county averaged nearly $20 million in the 1980s and increased to an average of $40 million in the 1990s. In 2002 the arable land included 18,000 irrigated acres. The county had three banks with total assets of $73,205,000.
 

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