Hansford County, Texas

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Hansford County, Texas

Hansford County is located in the high plains and features many playas, creeks, and draws with sandy loam and black soils. Contains underground water and the Palo Duro Reservoir. Local economy consists of agribusiness, oil, gas operations and wind energy.

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Where is Hansford County, Texas?

  • Hansford County, on the northern edge of the Panhandle, is bordered on the north by Oklahoma, on the west by Sherman County, on the south by Hutchinson County, and on the east by Ochiltree County. The approximate center of the county lies at 36°15' north latitude and 101°20' west longitude.

  • Spearman, the county seat, is in the southeastern part of the county, about ten miles from the county center and approximately eighty miles northeast of Amarillo. The county, named for John M. Hansford, comprises 907 square miles of level and rolling prairies cut by the intermittent Frisco, Coldwater, Palo Duro, and Horse creeks.

Adjacent Counties

  • Texas County, Oklahoma (north)
  • Ochiltree County (east)
  • Roberts County (southeast)
  • Hutchinson County (south)
  • Sherman County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Hansford County 

  • Spearman is the home of the Stationmaster's House Museum, and hosts such events as the Hansford Roundup in May and Fun Day in July. Hansford County generally voted for Democratic candidates in presidential elections through 1948, except for William McKinley in 1896 and 1900 and Herbert Hoover in 1928. After 1952, when Republican Dwight Eisenhower carried the county, Republican presidential candidates won every election in the county through 2004.

  • This Farwell was named after the same man as the Farwell in Parmer County. John V. Farwell was a Chicagoan who headed the syndicate that financed the state capitol building in Austin. It’s a shame that this Farwell couldn’t prosper. It’s not like they didn’t try. Besides being the first “town” in Hansford County (1880), they centered it geographically (according to state law) and even had a 200 foot deep hand-dug well installed.

Farming and Ranching in Hansford County 

  • The region's black, sandy, and loam soils support abundant native grasses as well as wheat, corn, sorghum, oats, and other small grains. Hansford County, on the High Plains, ranges from 2,950 to 3,300 feet in altitude and receives an average annual rainfall of 22.16 inches; it has an average maximum temperature of 94° F in July and an average minimum of 20° in January. The growing season averages 186 days year.

  •  In 2002 the county had 290 farms and ranches covering 593,063 acres, 54 percent of which were devoted to cropland and 45 percent to pasture. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $366,892,000; livestock sales accounted for $343,092,000 of the total. Large cattle-feeding operations, corn, wheat, sorghum, and hogs were the chief agricultural products. Local facilities used to store, process, and transport both agricultural and mineral products also contributed to the area's economy.

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