Moore County, Texas

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Moore County, Texas

Moore County features flat to rolling terrain broken by creeks with sandy loams and Lake Meredith. Local economy consists of varied agribusiness, petroleum and natural gas.

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Where is Moore County, Texas?

  • Moore County is in the north central part of the Panhandle of Texas, bordered by Sherman, Hutchinson, Potter, and Hartley counties. Dumas, the county seat, is located in the center of the county, at 101°55' west longitude and 35°50' north latitude, about forty-eight miles north of Amarillo. Moore County occupies 909 square miles of the High Plains.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 21,904. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1892. It is named for Edwin Ward Moore, the commander of the Texas Navy. The Dumas, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Moore County. Moore County history is highlighted in the Window on the Plains Museum in Dumas.

Adjacent Counties

  • Sherman County (north)
  • Hutchinson County (east)
  • Carson County (southeast)
  • Potter County (south)
  • Oldham County (southwest)
  • Hartley County (west)
  • Dallam County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Moore County

  • The Window on the Plains Museum features exhibits on local history significant to Moore County. In addition to extensive displays centered around farming and ranching, industry, business,  family life and wildlife, the museum houses a research and archives center.
  • Lake Meredith is a reservoir formed by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River at Sanford, Texas. It is about 30 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas in the Texas Panhandle. 
  • Dumas is the home of the Moore County Historical Museum and hosts Dogie Days in June and the county fair in September.

Farming and Ranching in Moore County 

  • In general the terrain consists of nearly level prairies varied by the Canadian River brakes in the southeast and by Grapevine, Plum, South Palo Duro, North Palo Duro, and Big Blue creeks, which flow west to east and drain into the Canadian River. Part of Lake Meredith, a man-made lake on the Canadian River, is in the far southeastern corner of the county. Elevations in the county range from 2,900 to 3,700 feet above sea level. Average rainfall is 18.33 inches per year. The average minimum temperature is 20° F in January, and the average maximum is 93° in July. The growing season averages 185 days per year.

  • In 2002 the county had 276 farms and ranches covering 549,000 acres, 49 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 50 percent to crops. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $303,273,000; livestock sales accounted for $260,839,000 of the total. Fed beef, corn, wheat, grain sorghum, and stocker cattle were the chief agricultural products. Oil, gas, and petrochemical production amounted to around $160 million during the 1980s. Oil production totaled almost 795,000 barrels in 1990; in 2000 almost 325,000 barrels of oil and about 5.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced in the county. By the end of that year 28,830,253 barrels of oil had been taken from Moore County lands since 1936.

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