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Donley County, Texas

Donley County is located in the Texas Panhandle and is bisected by the Red River Salt Fork. Land features Greenbelt Lake and Lelia Lake with rolling to level topography consisting of clay, loam, and sandy soils. Local economy is comprised of agribusiness, government services and tourism.

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Where is Donley County, Texas?

  • Donley County, in the eastern Panhandle just east of the Llano Estacado, is bordered on the north by Gray County, on the west by Armstrong County, on the east by Collingsworth County, and on the south by Briscoe and Hall counties. It was named for Stockton P. Donley, a pioneer lawyer. The center of the county is at 30°00' latitude and 100°50' longitude. Clarendon, the county seat, is near the center of the county, seventy miles southeast of Amarillo. The county occupies 929 square miles of rolling prairie and broken rangeland.

  • The Salt Fork of the Red River rises to the west in Armstrong County, runs eastward across the center of Donley County, and is fed by Beckard, Allen, Carroll, Saddler's, and Whitefish creeks. Several tributaries, including Mulberry, McCullum, Hall, Big Sandy, Brush, West and East Bitter, Oaks, Indian, and Buck creeks, head in Donley County and flow southward toward the South Fork of the Red River.

Adjacent Counties

  • Gray County (north)
  • Collingsworth County (east)
  • Hall County (south)
  • Briscoe County (southwest)
  • Armstrong County (west)
  • Wheeler County (northeast)

Sites and Attractions in Donley County

  • Saints’ Roost Museum, housed in the 1910 Adair Hospital, preserves the unique heritage of Donley County pioneer life, and is a monument to the people of the Texas Panhandle, then and now.
  • Greenbelt Lake opened in 1968, the reservoir was constructed without state or federal funds and is the private property of the Greenbelt Municipal & Industrial Water Authority. Greenbelt Lake provides water for its member cities of Clarendon, Hedley, Childress, Quanah, and Crowell as well as for some customers of Red River Water Authority and other contracted customers. The lake secondarily provides fishing and camping opportunities.

Farming and Ranching in Donley County

  • Elevations in Donley County range from 2,200 to 3,200 feet above sea level, and the average annual rainfall is 20.74 inches. The average minimum temperature is 26° F in January, and the annual average maximum is 96° in July. The growing season averages 206 days per year.
  • In 2002 the county had 440 farms and ranches covering 584,340 acres, 83 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 15 percent to crops. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $73,614,000; livestock sales accounted for $64,736,000 of the total. Cattle, cotton, peanuts, wheat, alfalfa, and hay were the chief agricultural products.

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