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Childress County, Texas

Childress County, located in the rolling prairie of the Panhandle. Land features the Red River, Baylor Creek Lake, Lake Childress. Local economy consists of government services, retail trade, tourism, and agriculture.

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Average Price $416K
Lowest Price $416K
Highest Price $416K
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Where is Childress County, Texas?

  • Childress County, on the eastern edge of the Panhandle, is bounded on the east by Oklahoma, on the south by Cottle County, on the West by Hall County, and on the north by Collingsworth County. The county is named for George C. Childress, author of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The county seat, Childress, is located 116 miles southeast of Amarillo, on the Fort Worth and Denver Railway and U.S. Highway 287. The center of the county lies at approximately 34°35' north latitude and 100°13' west longitude. The county comprises 699 square miles of rolling prairies and rough riverbottoms.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 7,041. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1887. County and regional history is preserved in the Childress County Heritage Museum in downtown Childress. The Bradley 3 Ranch, operated by matriarch Minnie Lou Bradley, is entirely in Childress County, but has a Memphis (Hall County) mailing address.

Adjacent Counties

  • Collingsworth County (north)
  • Harmon County, Oklahoma (northeast)
  • Hardeman County (east)
  • Cottle County (south)
  • Hall County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Childress County

  • Since 1983, The Childress Heritage Museum has recorded the history and preserved historical artifacts of the county, named after co-author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George C. Childress. The building that houses the Museum is of Spanish Colonial style and received Texas Historical Landmark designation in 1991.
  • Baylor Lake has good shoreline access but accessible facilities are limited. Camping and picnic sites are available around the lake. Restroom facilities at the north ramp are limited. There is a restroom near the south ramp for campers and anglers. The 175-acre Childress Lake, approximately one-half mile east of Baylor, is also operated by the City of Childress. This lake has very good shoreline access, one boat ramp and no ADA-accessible facilities.

Farming and Ranching in Childress County

  • The elevation of the county ranges from 1,600 to 1,900 feet above sea level; the annual growing season averages 217 days, and annual precipitation averages 20.67 inches. The average minimum temperature is 26° F in January, and the average maximum is 99° in July. The major water feature of the county is the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, which bisects the county as it flows eastward towards the main channel of the Red River.
  •  In 2002 agricultural receipts in the area totaled $13,592,000, down 32 percent from 1997; crop sales accounted for $7,258,000 of that sum. In 2002 368,782 acres in the county were devoted to agriculture. Of those, about 42 percent were planted in crops, primarily cotton, wheat, hay, sorghum, and peanuts. Beef cattle also played an important role in the county's economy.

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