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Swisher County, Texas

Swisher County is located in the High Plains of Texas with level terrain broken by Tule Canyon and Creek. Land features playas, large underground water supply and rich soils. Local economy consists of cotton processing and manufacturing.

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Where is Swisher County, Texas?

  • Swisher County is in the transition area between the South Plains and the Panhandle, bordered on the east by Briscoe County, on the south by Hale and Floyd counties, on the west by Castro County, and on the north by Randall and Armstrong counties. The center of the county lies at 34°33' north latitude and 100°47' west longitude. Tulia, the county seat, is near the center of the county, seventy miles north of Lubbock and forty-five miles south of Amarillo. The area was named for James Gibson Swisher, a veteran of the Texas Revolution.

  • Swisher County occupies 896 square miles of level plains broken only by Tule Creek and its three branches, North, Middle, and South Tule draws. These intermittent streams have no appreciable effect on the terrain until they converge into Tule Creek in the eastern part of the county. In the 1940s North Tule Draw was dammed to impound a small earthen reservoir; in 1974 Mackenzie Dam was completed on Tule Creek in the eastern part of the county, and Mackenzie Reservoir began to form. This lake, made to provide a municipal water supply for Silverton, Lockney, Tulia, and Floydada, became a major recreational facility as well.

Adjacent Counties

  • Randall County (north)
  • Armstrong County (northeast)
  • Briscoe County (east)
  • Floyd County (southeast)
  • Hale County (south)
  • Castro County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Swisher County 

  • Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is a Texas state park located along the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado in Briscoe County, Texas, United States, approximately 100 miles southeast of Amarillo. The state park opened in 1982 and is 15,314 acres in size, making it the third-largest state park in Texas.
  • The Swisher County Museum traces the colorful history of Swisher County and the surrounding area. Exhibits feature the JA Ranch line cabin, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, and chuck box.

  • Lake Mackenzie is located in Swisher County, Texas 12 miles northwest of Silverton and 27 miles east of Tulia. Operated by Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority, the lake was created to furnish water to member cities of Floydada, Lockney, Silverton, and Tulia.  It also provides many recreation activities for the communities in the surrounding area.

Farming and Ranching in Swisher County

  • The soils of Swisher County range from alluvial silts to sandy types mixed with disintegrated rock to form an easily worked earth rich in humus. This soil supports an abundant variety of native grasses as well as wheat, corn, grain sorghum, and cotton crops.
  • The county ranges in elevation from 3,000 to 3,600 feet above sea level, averages 18.94 inches of rain per year, and has an annual growing season averaging 205 days. The average minimum temperature is 24° F in January, and the average maximum is 93° in July. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Texas, -23° F, occurred in Tulia on February 12, 1899. 
  • In 2002 the county had 578 farms and ranches covering 566,429 acres, 69 percent of which were devoted to crops and 30 percent to pasture. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $296,789,000; livestock sales accounted for $265,586,000 of the total. Stocker cattle and feedlots produced most of the county's agricultural income; crops, including cotton, corn, wheat, and sorghum, were also raised.

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