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Upton County, Texas

Upton County is located in Western Texas with flat to rolling, hilly terrain. Land features limestone and sandy loam soils that drain to creeks. Local economy consists of oil, wind turbines, farming and ranching.

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Where is Upton County, Texas?

  • Upton County is in southwestern Texas. The center of the county lies at 31°22' north latitude and 102°02' west longitude. Rankin, the county's seat of government, is fifty air miles south of Midland. The area was named for Confederate generals John C. Upton and William F. Upton. Upton County covers 1,241 square miles of rocky land in the Edwards Plateau vegetation region; elevations range from 2,300 to 3,000 feet above sea level.

  • While northern sections of the county are flat, the southern sections are rolling and hilly and are pierced by numerous small lakes. The county's exposed limestone surfaces and sandy loam soils are covered with scrub mesquite, greasewood, cacti, catclaw, and grasses. King Mountain in the southwest is the area's highest point; Castle Mountain is fifteen miles north and Moltke Hill is fifteen miles southeast of King Mountain. Numerous small lakes drain to the tributaries of the Middle Concho and Pecos rivers.

Adjacent Counties

  • Midland County (north)
  • Reagan County (east)
  • Crockett County (south)
  • Crane County (west)
  • Ector County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Upton County

  • Rattlesnake roundups at Rattlesnake Butte and rattlesnake races at McCamey have been annual events since 1936. McCamey is also home to the Mendoza Trail Museum. Rankin hosts the County Livestock Show in January, a Junior Rodeo in June, and a Christmas Parade in December. 
  • Upland joined the long list of ghost towns that were killed by being bypassed by the railroad. The year was 1911 and the population of Upland relocated to Rankin, even going so far as to move the hotel there in 1912. The newspaper moved to Rankin as well and although the post office held out for a few more years, it closed in 1918.

  • The area that is now Upton County was traversed during the early nineteenth century by Comanches and Apaches, who competed for hunting grounds in the area. Both tribes were superior horsemen, capable hunters of buffalo and other game, and relentless raiders of their neighbors.

Farming and Ranching in Upton County 

  • Rainfall averages only 12.70 inches annually. Temperatures range from an average minimum of 33° F in January to an average maximum of 96° in July. The average growing season lasts 232 days. Mineral resources include caliche and limestone. The area's transportation network includes U.S. Highway 385, U.S. Highway 67, and State highways 329 and 349.

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