Gaines County, Texas

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Gaines County, Texas

Gaines County is located on the South Plains of Texas that drains to draws, playas and underground water. Local economy consist of oil and gas, cotton, and peanuts.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.6M
Lowest Price $300K
Highest Price $6.9M
Total Listings 12
Avg. Price/SQFT $201

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Where is Gaines County, Texas?

  • Gaines County, on the southern High Plains of West Texas, is bordered on the west by New Mexico, on the south by Andrews County, on the east by Dawson County, and on the north by Yoakum and Terry counties. Its center point is at 32°45' north latitude and 102°57' west longitude, about eighty miles southwest of Lubbock. The county was named for James Gaines, a merchant who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Gaines County covers 1,489 square miles of rolling land that drains to scattered playas and draws.

Adjacent Counties

  • Yoakum County (north)
  • Terry County (north)
  • Dawson County (east)
  • Martin County (southeast)
  • Andrews County (south)
  • Lea County, New Mexico (west)

Sites and Attractions in Gaines County 

  • The Gaines County Museum showcases the history of this agricultural and petroleum-producing county, depicting the stories of five major cultures that contributed to it: Comanches; early Anglo pioneers; Hispanics; Black Americans from whom the city of Seminole derived its name; and the German-speaking community (Mennonites).

  • Seminole (population, 7,110) is the largest town, market center, and county seat. A settlement of Mennonites has developed near Seminole. The community has its own school and church and maintains its agrarian religious traditions. Most of the Mennonite farmers moved to Texas from Mexico, where regulations against foreign ownership of land had become burdensome.

  • Gaines County Park and Golf Course is located at 853 U.S. 385 Seminole, TX 79360. They can be contacted via phone at (432) 758-3840 for pricing, directions, reservations and more.

Farming and Ranching in Gaines County 

  • Sandy loam and sandy soils lie over the county's red-clay subsoil and support a growth of mesquite, shinnery, and catclaw. Cedar Lake (called Laguna Salinas by the Spanish), in northeastern Gaines County, is the largest salt lake on the Texas plains. The county's elevation ranges from 3,000 to 3,600 feet above sea level, and its annual average rainfall is 15.83 inches. The average minimum temperature in January is 16° F; the average maximum in July is 94°. The county has a 210-day growing season.
  • The agricultural components of the local economy earn about $92 million annually from cotton (Gaines County ranks second among cotton-producing counties in Texas), sorghums, vegetables, peanuts, sunflowers, peaches, pecans, cattle, sheep, and hogs. Irrigated land amounts to about 400,000 acres. Gaines County is also one of the state's leading oil counties; it produced 42,810,261 barrels in 1990.

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