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Hutchinson County, Texas

Hutchinson County is located in the high plains and broken by the Canadian River and tributaries. Land features fertile valleys along streams and Lake Meredith. Local economy consists of oil and gas, petrochemical and carbon black plants.

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Where is Hutchinson County, Texas?

  • Hutchinson County, in the north central section of the Panhandle, is bounded on the north by Hansford County, on the east by Roberts County, on the south by Carson County, and on the West by Moore County. The county center is at approximately 35°50' north latitude and 101°20' west longitude. The county was named for pioneer jurist Anderson Hutchinson. It comprises 871 square miles of plains and broken terrain; altitudes range from 2,750 to 3,400 feet above sea level. State highways 236, 152, and 207 merge at Borger, and several farm and ranch roads provide access to outlying communities.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 22,150. Its county seat is Stinnett. The county was created in 1876, but not organized until 1901. It is named for Andrew Hutchinson, an early Texas attorney. Hutchinson County comprises the Borger, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Amarillo-Borger, TX Combined Statistical Area. It is located in the northern portion of the Texas Panhandle. The history of Hutchinson County is accented in downtown Borger in the Hutchinson County Historical Museum, also known as Boomtown Revisited. Hutchinson County is the county with the most ghost towns in the Texas Panhandle.

Adjacent Counties

  • Hansford County (north)
  • Roberts County (east)
  • Carson County (south)
  • Moore County (west)
  • Potter County (southwest)
  • Gray County (southeast)
  • Sherman County (northwest)
  • Ochiltree County (northeast)

Sites and Attractions in Hutchinson County 

  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is a United States national recreation area located about 30 miles north of Amarillo, Texas, in the Texas Panhandle. Its main attraction is 10,000-acre Lake Meredith, a reservoir created by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River.
  • Like all counties in Texas, Hutchinson County takes pride in its robust history. And Hutchinson has a big story to tell, one that spans the ages. Fortunately, the entire story and its artifacts can be found under one roof – the Hutchinson County Historical Museum.

Farming and Ranching in Hutchinson County

  • Hutchinson County receives an average annual rainfall of 19.9 inches. The average minimum temperature is 22° F in January, and the average maximum is 93° in July; the growing season averages 187 days. The Canadian River, fed by several small creeks, angles across the county from southwest to northeast; in the southwest it is dammed to form Lake Meredith. Broken land along the river and its tributaries forms fertile valleys. The northern part of the county is high rolling plain. About $15 million average annual income in the county is derived from wheat, corn, alfalfa, and grain sorghums. Beef cattle, hogs, and poultry are also raised there, and irrigated land amounts to more than 40,000 acres.

  • Since the 1920s, however, petroleum has been the chief industry; the southern part of Hutchinson County is the center of oil, gas, petrochemical, and synthetic-rubber production in the Panhandle. In the county is one of the world's largest pump stations for natural gas, which supplies metropolitan areas west to Denver and east to Indianapolis. 


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