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Terry County, Texas

Terry County is located on the South Plains of Texas and is broken by draws and playas and contains sandy, sandy loam, and loam soils. Local economy is comprised of oil field services, agribusiness, and peanut processing.

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Where is Terry County, Texas?

  • Terry County, on the southern High Plains of West Texas, has an area of 899 square miles and an elevation of 3,100 to 3,600 feet. The county center lies at 38°10' north latitude and 102°21' west longitude, forty miles southwest of Lubbock. The primary roads are U.S. highways 62/82, 385, and 380 and State Highway 137. The land is level, broken by draws and playas with sandy loam soils. There are no rivers or streams, and drainage is through draws, which form the upper watershed of Sulphur Springs Creek. Sand hills dominate the northeast corner of the county.

  •  As of the 2010 census, its population was 12,651. Its county seat is Brownfield. The county was demarked in 1876 and organized in 1904. It is named for Benjamin Franklin Terry, a colonel in the Confederate Army. Terry County was one of 46 dry counties in the state of Texas but is now a moist county.

Adjacent Counties

  • Hockley County (north)
  • Lynn County (east)
  • Dawson County (southeast)
  • Gaines County (south)
  • Yoakum County (west)
  • Cochran County (northwest)
  • Lubbock County (northeast)

Sites and Attractions in Terry County

  •  Brownfield and Meadow were the only incorporated communities. The county supports the Terry County Heritage Museum and an annual fall harvest festival.
  • The former home of A.M. Brownfield, who sold the land on which the town of Brownfield was originally built, is now the site of the Terry County Heritage Museum. The house, built in 1928, contains a variety of exhibits from pre-historic artifacts to the modern eras.  The grounds also contain Terry county's first jail, Brownfield Depot, and a large windmill.

  • The area that is now Terry County includes lands granted by Mexico to Stephen J. Wilson in 1826 and John Charles Beales in 1832, but the Texas Revolution prevented any settlement on grant lands of West Texas. The land had been a hunting ground for Comanches and other Indians who preyed on the great herds of buffalo in the area, but buffalo hunters depleted the herds during the early 1870s.

Farming and Ranching in Terry County 

  • The average annual rainfall is 17.21 inches. The average minimum temperature in January is 26° F; the average maximum in July is 93°. The growing season averages 206 days. Agricultural profits average $63 million annually, 90 percent from cotton. The county is among the state leaders in cotton production and had twenty-one gins in 1971 to process 103,514 running bales produced during that season. Sorghums are also produced, and cattle and hogs are raised.
  • Most of the county's 144,000 acres of irrigated land is planted in cotton. Manufacturing accounts for an income of $4.5 million annually in irrigation equipment, carbon black, fertilizers, and process minerals. In 1982 nearly 14.5 million barrels of oil valued at $451 million and some sodium sulfate were produced.

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