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Sherman County, Texas

Sherman County is located in the Northern Texas Panhandle featuring level terrain broken by creeks and playas. Land contains sandy to dark loam soils with underground water. Local economy consists of agribusiness and tourism.

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Where is Sherman County, Texas?

  • Sherman County is in the High Plains region of the northern Panhandle on the Oklahoma border. The county's center lies at 36°50' north latitude and 102°30' west longitude. Stratford, the county seat, is in the northwestern part of the county eighty miles north of Amarillo.

  • The county, named for Sidney Sherman, a veteran of the Texas Revolution, extends across 923 square miles of nearly level land covered by prairie grasses, some sagebrush, and yucca; elevations range from 3,200 to 3,800 feet above sea level. The area is drained by the North Fork of the Canadian River, which cuts across the northwestern corner of the county, and by Frisco, Coldwater, and North Palo Duro creeks.

Adjacent Counties

  • Texas County, Oklahoma (north)
  • Hansford County (east)
  • Moore County (south)
  • Dallam County (west)
  • Cimarron County, Oklahoma (northwest)
  • Hartley County (southwest)
  • Hutchinson County (southeast)

Sites and Attractions in Sherman County 

  •  Nothing except a tiny cemetery is left of Coldwater, the original county seat. Irrigated crops furnish cover for game birds, and pheasant season in December attracts hunters from all parts of the country to the area.
  • Local history displays are housed in Stratford's origional Santa Fe Depot building at the Sherman County Depot Museum. 
  • The county gained another railroad link in 1930, when the Santa Fe built a line through the area, but drought severely hampered farming during the first years of the decade. In 1933 the area received only ten inches of rain, and during the mid-1930s its residents were caught in the Dust Bowl. Wheat production had fully recovered by 1940, however, when 130,000 acres were planted in wheat.

Farming and Ranching in Sherman County 

  • The area's soils are dark and loamy, with clayey subsoils that contain hardened calcium deposits. Temperatures vary from an average low of 31° F in January to an average high of 97° in July. The area receives an average of twenty inches of precipitation each year; the average growing season lasts 182 days. In 1982, 98 percent of the county's land was in farms and ranches, 45 percent of the agricultural land was cultivated, and 59 percent of the cultivated land was irrigated. Approximately 66 percent of agricultural receipts were from livestock and livestock products, especially cattle and hogs. Wheat, corn, barley, sorghum, and soybeans are the main crops, and mineral resources include caliche, natural gas, and petroleum.
  • In 2002 the county had 322 farms and ranches covering 546,237 acres, 59 percent of which were devoted to crops and 30 percent to pasture. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $295,070,000; livestock sales accounted for $247,624,000 of the total. Beef and stocker cattle, corn, wheat, sorghum, and alfalfa were the chief agricultural products.

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