Clay County, Texas

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Clay County, Texas

Clay County is located in the rolling hills of Northwest Texas. Land features the Red and Trinity Rivers, Lake Arrowhead, sandy loam, chocolate soils, mesquites and post oaks. Local economy consist of oil, agribusiness, and commuting.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $3.3M
Lowest Price $475K
Highest Price $20M
Total Listings 8
Avg. Price/SQFT $2K

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Where is Clay County, Texas?

  • Clay County is on U.S. highways 287 and 82 on the Red River in north Texas, ninety miles northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The center of the county is at approximately 34°48' north latitude, 98°15' west longitude, near the county seat, Henrietta. The ninety-eighth meridian, which unofficially divides the United States into east and west, runs through the eastern part of the county. The county measures forty-six miles from north to south and twenty-five miles from east to west. The total land area is about 1,150 square miles.
  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,752. The county was founded in 1857 and later organized in 1860. It is named in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, Kentucky Senator and United States Secretary of State. Clay County is part of the Wichita Falls, Metropolitan Statistical Area in North Texas. Several railroads once served Clay County, including the Wichita Falls Railway, one of the properties of Joseph A. Kemp and his brother-in-law Frank Kell, along with twenty-nine other stockholders.

Adjacent Counties

  • Jefferson County, Oklahoma (north)
  • Montague County (east)
  • Jack County (south)
  • Wichita County (west)
  • Archer County (west)
  • Cotton County, Oklahoma (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Clay County

  • Local attractions include hunting and fishing, Lake Arrowhead State Recreation Area, and the Pioneer Reunion Festival and Junior Stock Show, both held annually in Henrietta.

  • Of interest to any traveler to this part of Texas is the old Clay County Jail which today is the 1890 Jail Museum-Heritage Center. The old jail and museum is located one block from today's Clay County Courthouse at 116 N.

  • The State Highway 79 Bridge at the Red River was a bridge carrying Texas State Highway 79 and Oklahoma State Highway 79 over the Red River at the Texas-Oklahoma state line. The camelback pony truss bridge was 2,255 feet (687 m) long and had 21 truss spans. The Texas and Oklahoma highway departments built the bridge as a combined project in 1939.

Farming and Ranching in Clay County

  • The terrain is nearly level to gently sloping. About a third of the county is prime farmland. The elevation varies from 1,100 feet in the southwest to 900 feet in the east. The average rainfall is thirty inches a year. The average annual temperature is 64° F. Temperatures in January range from an average low of 28° F to an average high of 53° and in July from 73° to 98°. The growing season averages 229 days a year, with the last freeze in late March and the first freeze in mid-November. Snowfall averages six inches a year.
  • In 2002 the county had 892 farms and ranches covering 654,342 acres, 68 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 28 percent to crops. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $39,164,000; livestock sales accounted for $35,239,000 of the total. Beef and dairy cattle, horses, wheat, cotton, pecans, and peaches were the chief agricultural products. More than 742,000 barrels of oil and 258,589 cubic feet of gas-well gas were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 204,088,003 barrels of oil had been taken from county lands since 1917.
 

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