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Borden County, Texas

Borden county features rolling hills broken by Caprock Escarpment, which drains into the Colorado River. Consists of sandy loam and clay soils. Local economy consists of agriculture and hunting leases, oil, and wind turbines.

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Where is Borden County, Texas?

  • Borden County, at the edge of the Llano Estacado, is bounded on the east by Scurry County, on the south by Howard County, on the west by Dawson County, and on the north by Lynn and Garza counties. The rolling, broken land of the county drains to the Colorado River and its tributaries and to Lake J. B. Thomas. The Caprock, Gail Mountain, and Muchakooga Peak are notable physical features. The soils are loams, sandy loams, and clay. The county center is at 32°45' north latitude and 101°25' west longitude, seventy miles southeast of Lubbock. The county comprises 907 square miles at 2,400–3,000 feet elevation.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 641, making it the fourth-least populous county in Texas. Its county seat is Gail. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1891. Gail and Borden County are named for Gail Borden Jr., businessman, publisher, surveyor, and inventor of condensed milk. The highway system includes U.S. Highway 180 (west-east) and Farm Road 669 (north-south).

Adjacent Counties

  • Garza County (north)
  • Scurry County (east)
  • Mitchell County (southeast)
  • Howard County (south)
  • Dawson County (west)
  • Lynn County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Borden County 

  • Housed in a building adjacent to the courthouse, the Borden County Museum features pictures, records, newspapers, furniture and clothing from the pioneer days in Borden County.

  • Lake J. B. Thomas is on the county line in southeastern Borden and southwestern Scurry counties (at 32°35' N, 101°08' W). The lake was formed by the Colorado River Dam, completed in 1952. Lake J. B. Thomas has a surface area of 7,820 acres, a drainage area of 3,524 square miles, and a capacity of 203,600 acre-feet. The lake is used for boating, fishing, and other recreation, and it supplies water to nearby Big Spring, Odessa, and Snyder.

Farming and Ranching in Borden County 

  •  The annual rainfall is 18.2 inches, and the area has a 214-day growing season. The average minimum temperature in January is 32° F; the maximum in July is 96°.
  • In 2002 the county had 132 farms and ranches covering 480,015 acres, 85 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 15 percent to crops. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $7,837,000; livestock sales accounted for $3,961,000 of the total. Beef cattle, cotton, oats, hay, and pecans were the chief agricultural products. More than 4,500,000 barrels of oil were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 405,593,743 barrels of petroleum had been taken from county lands since 1949.

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