Community Profiles

Glasscock County

Glasscock County is bounded on the south by Reagan County, on the east by Sterling County, on the west by Midland County and on the north by Howard and Martin Counties.  Its county seat is Garden City. Its economy comes from farming, ranching, hunting and oil and gas. Boating and fishing at lakes Curry and Dewey provide the county's recreation and entertainment. 

 

Mitchell County

Mitchell County is in the prairie of west central Texas, bounded on the east by Nolan County, on the south by Sterling and Coke counties, on the west by Howard County, and on the north by Scurry County. Colorado City, the largest town, is the county seat with a population of 4,146.  Mitchell County's economy is based on Governments/services, agribusiness, and oil.  In the county are several lakes, including Lake Colorado City, Champion Creek Reservoir, Lake Gregory, and Lake Butler, all of which are recreational sites. 

 

Reeves County

 

Bronte, Texas (Coke County)

Located on the edge of West Texas, Bronte is easy to find and worth discovering. The city was named for English writer Charlotte Bronte.

Fort Chadbourne, established in 1852, lies northeast of the city. Downtown features include the historic Santa Fe Depot and the Texas Theater.

Antique shops, specialty shops and variety of other businesses line the main street.

Good fishing is only 15 minutes away at Oak Creek Lake. The area has an abundance of deer, quail, turkey and dove which provides excellent hunting. The County offers a public golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, and softball fields.

In addition to the wonderful local benefits, numerous attractions, recreation facilities and entertainment opportunities can also be found in nearby communities making Bronte an ideal place to live.

Here are some links you might like to visit:

www.bronteisd.net

www.texasescapes.com

 

 

 

 

Robert Lee, Texas (Seat of Coke County)

Robert Lee (pop. 1171) county seat of Coke County is at the junction of Highways 158 and 208 and the confluence of Mountain Creek and the Colorado River, 31 miles north of San Angelo in the valley of the Edwards Plateau. 

The town was founded by R.E. Carliedge and L.B. Harris and was named for General Robert E. Lee.  The men pushed to move the county seat from Hayrick to Robert Lee due to water availability.  In 1891 Robert lee won the county seat.  In 1892 the population was 570 and had 20 businesses, including a bank and a weekly newspaper, the Coke County Rustler, now the Observer Enterprise.  The town incorporated in 1929. 

 Attractions are a nine-hole golf course, Lake Spence, bird watching, and beautiful scenic drives through plateau and mesa valleys.

Here are some websites you might like to visit:

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http://www.rlisd.net/

 

www.topix.com/city/robert-lee-tx

 

Eden, Texas (Concho County)

We're about in the middle of Texas, deep in the heart of Texas, the place where deer and antelope play, wheat grows, cattle, sheep and goats graze and the people are down right friendly. Eden is 40 minutes from San Angelo, 3 hours from Austin, 2.5 hours from San Antonio, and 4.5 hours from Dallas. Eden is located in Concho County. Concho County is located east of San Angelo, the largest city in the area with a population of more than 80,000. The Concho River and Colorado River meet in Concho County and form Lake O.H. Ivie, a relatively new fishing and recreational area. Concho County has more shoreline on Lake Ivie than any other county the lake touches. There are four towns in the county: Eden (the largest), Paint Rock (the County Seat), Eola, and Millersview.

Links that you might find helpful:

www.edentexas.com

www.city-data.com/city/Eden-Texas.html

www.edencisd.net

 

Paint Rock, Texas (Seat of Concho County)

The town's name comes from Indian pictographs painted on cliffs overlooking the nearby Concho River.These pictographs cover nearly half a mile upstream from the town of Paint Rock. Some of the pictures painted on the rocks include animals, human figures, and handprints.

Here are some links that you might find helpful:

www.city-data.com/city/Paint-Rock-Texas.html

www.texasbeyondhistory.net/plateaus/images/he4.html

 

Ozona, Texas (Seat of Crockett County)

Crockett County is the eighth largest of 254 counties in Texas and covers over 3,000 square miles of ruggedly beautiful west Texas. The one and only town within its boundaries is Ozona, which is known as "The Biggest Little Town in the World," with about 3,500 persons calling it "home". The town is un-incorporated and, although being rather isolated from other towns, is quite independent. Ranching and oil/gas businesses keep the economy steady and school activities keep everyone involved.

It is located on Interstate 10 some eighty-two miles southwest of San Angelo. Crockett County is one of the nation's leading producers of wool and mohair. Ozona is called the "Biggest Little Town in the World." It is located on Interstate 10 some eighty-two miles southwest of San Angelo. Crockett County is one of the nation's leading producers of wool and mohair. It is situated in the Edwards Plateau region in the western edge of the Texas Hill Country. Hunters come to Ozona in search of white-tailed deer, javelina, and game birds.

Crockett County is proud of its heritage, and the Museum on the square shelters the artifacts and shares the stories of its inhabitants from 10,000 B.C. to present day. To the traveler, a stop at the Museum promises a new appreciation for this area of West Texas, as the stories are told about how E.M. Powell acquired a lot of acreage around present-day Ozona. He had surveyed a lot of West Texas and the State paid him in land. He came out to see what was his and found a tree--just a live-oak tree--and Ozona grew up around this tree which still stands.

Links which may be helpful:

www.ozona.com

www.city-data.com/city/Ozona-Texas.html

www.ozonaschools.net

 

Barnhart, Texas (Irion County)

Barnhart, off U.S. Highway 67 and State Highway 163 in southwestern Irion County, was established in 1910 at the building of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway and was named for William F. Barnhart, agent for the railroad. Barnhart is located 52 miles southwest of San Angelo and 18 miles southeas of Big Lake.

Here is a link that you might find helpful:

www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnb09

 

Mertzon, Texas ( Seat of Irion County)

Mertzon, the county seat of Irion County, is on Spring Creek, U.S. Highway 67, and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe line, twenty-six miles southwest of San Angelo in the east central part of the county. With the beautiful Spring Creek, rich in pecan trees, and  the historic Sherwood community, Mertzon is an ideal place for small town friendliness.  Whitetail deer, turkey and exotics offer exciting hunting in this West Texas town. Mertzon also boasts of an exemplary rating at Mertzon ISD which is the school for Irion County.

Here are some links that might be helpful:

www.city-data.com/city/Mertzon-Texas.html

http://irioncounty.netxv.net/

 

Fort McKavett, Texas (Menard County)

In the ruggedly scenic Texas Hill Country, small settlements still bear the imprint of German and French immigrants who traveled thousands of miles to colonize a land said to be a "paradise." Instead, the colonists found themselves on the edge of the western frontier, their small farms and hamlets serving as "buffer zones" against the Indians in much the same way the Spanish Colonial colonies buffered the Mexican border along the Rio Grande. The United States Army built Fort McKavett as part of its effort to protect the immigrant settlements and travelers on the "upper road" from San Antonio to El Paso in the 1850s. Enjoy hunting in the midst of our rolling hills, mesquite flats, cedar ridges and live oak motts, as you pursue abundant game...including breathtaking whitetails and turkey in-season, or exotic species any time of the year.

Visit these links for more helpful information:

www.visitfortmckavett.com

www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlf26

 

Menard, Texas (Seat of Menard County)

Located on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, the characteristics of rolling hills, lush vegetation, and the San Saba River which runs through the center of the County makes a vivid contrast to the arid Edwards Plateau. With a subtropical climate and growing season averaging 220 days, 80% of the county is comprised of farm and ranch land. Beef cattle, sheep, goats, grain, pecans, and hay are a large part of the economy.

Links that you might find helpful:

www.menardtexas.com

www.menardisd.net

 

Big Lake, Texas (Seat of Reagan County)

Big Lake, located in West Texas, is on State Highway 137 and US 67 about 67 miles west of San Angelo. It is apporoximately 42 miles north of Interstate 10Highway in Ozona and 75 miles south of Interstate 20 in Big Spring. The city of Big Lake derives its name from a rain-created lake which formed in a large natural land depression located about 10 miles south of the city. The city's current existence is based on agriculture (some farming, but mostly ranching) and oil and gas service and production throughout the area.

www.biglaketx.com

www.city-data.com/city/Big-Lake-Texas.html

www.reagancountyisd.net

 

Ballinger, Texas (Seat of Runnels County)

Ballinger was created in 1886. Lying nestled along the Colorado River in the very heart of Texas with over 4,000 friendly people, beautifully restored historical homes and buildings, antique stores, active civic organizations, thriving downtown district, industrial plants and with an average daily temperature of 78 degrees, she proudly serves the surrounding Agri-Plex and Runnels County as county seat, with fertile farm and ranch lands producing primarily cotton, grain, sheep, cattle, and oil. Ballinger is the perfect "host" city for the new 25,000 surface acre O.H. Ivie Reservoir. Lake Ivie is only 20 miles southeast of Ballinger on FM 1929, east of Hwy 83. Ballinger is proud of her beautiful, well kept 20 acre, tree shaded City Park that is located along historical Elm Creek.

Helpful links to visit:

www.city-data.com/city/Ballinger-Texas.html

www.ballingerisd.net

 

Miles, Texas (Runnels County)

Miles, a small town with a big heart is rich with historical signifigance with the Opera House, used for meetings today. Located inside the historic 1904 Miles Opera House, the Miles Heritage Museum has a large display of historical pictures and artifacts of Miles and its pioneers, businesses, organizations and families. The Miles Library was established by the Miles Preservation Authority in 1989. This library has a collection of over 15,000 books. The Rumley Tractor, Old City Jail and the Miles Preservation Park adds to Miles' historical charm.

Links to visit:

http://www.city-data.com/city/Miles-Texas.html

http://miles.netxv.net

 

Winters, Texas (Runnels County)

Beautiful sunsets and wide-open  skies have graced this area of West Texas known as "Winters: A Town for All Seasons."

Known as "Blizzard Country" because of the unique high school mascot, the "winters" are mild, but the enthusiasm and ambition of residents are far from mild. Recreational opportunities abound in the area. Some of the state's finest hunting - deer, turkey, quail, dove and wild hogs - is found nearby. Fishing and boating on Elm Creek Reservoir draw many to the area. The Z.I. Hale Museum features many exhibits of earl-day Winters, including the Gus Pruser Agriculture Exhibit with the first patented cotton picker in the United States. The restored Rock Hotel features memorabilia from Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby, who was born near Winters in 1896. The Hotel offers facilities for meetings, gatherings and conventions.

While you're here, relax, enjoy and experience the rich history, recreation and shopping in wonderful Winters, Texas.

Helpful links to visit:

www.wintersisd.org

 

Rowena, Texas (Runnels County)

Rowena is located 29 miles Northeast of San Angelo and 8 miles southwest of Ballinger. Rowena was settled principally by German and Czech Texans. Rowena was the birthplace of Bonnie Parker, of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo, and was the scene of a bank robbery that made national headlines in 1968 when Doc Newton decided to make on last try at a bank robbery.

Here are links that might be helpful to you:

www.city-data.com/city/Rowena-Texas.html

http://www.texas.hometownlocator.com/Texas GazetteerTexas Cities

www.texasescapes.com/TexasTowns/RowenaTexas/RowenaTexas

 

Eldorado, Texas (Seat of Schleicher County)

Eldorado, the county seat of Schleicher County, is at the intersection of U.S. highways 190 and 277, forty-five miles south of San Angelo near the center of the county. Schleicher County has ample ranch land for hunting such as whitetail deer, quail, dove, and turkey.

The City of Eldorado is served by the Schleicher County Independent School District.

Here are some links about Eldorado that you might find helpful:

www.eldoradotexas.us

www.scisd.net

www.city-data.com/city/Eldorado-Texas.html

 

Sterling City, Texas (Sterling County)

STERLING CITY, TEXAS has been called the "Windmill City" because at one time, the number of windmills standing in the city boundaries was near 150. However, the number of windmills has diminished within the City, but windmills can still be seen throughout the range land and still serve a valuable aide for ranchers of Sterling County.

In the last few years, Sterling County has become the home for the modern day windmills as numerous wind farms are sprouting up all over the County. Sterling City, the county seat and only city in Sterling County, is a community with just over 1,000 people enjoying the comfort and pleasure that can only be found in a small town. We invite you to come visit our friendly community where family and friends will always remain a priority.

Links about Sterling City which you might find helpful:

www.city-data.com/city/Sterling-City-Texas.html

www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hls77

www.sterlingcity.netxv.net

 

Sonora, Texas (Sutton County)

Sonora, Texas is located where the Texas Hill Country meets the rugged Southwest, and is a community with a rich western heritage that can be seen at every turn.

Located at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and Highway 277 makes the community very accessible & convenient for that perfect weekend getaway. Friendly small town atmosphere with beautiful scenery, giant oak trees, 5 motels, 2 RV campgrounds, a ranch retreat, many wonderful restaurants, fast food, unique shops, an art gallery, museums and exhibits can all be found in our wonderful community.

A Texas Main Street City, Sonora is the home of The Caverns of Sonora touted by cave experts as "the most indescribably beautiful cavern in the world. Its beauty cannot be exaggerated, even by Texans".

www.city-data.com/city/Sonora-Texas.html

www.tourtexas.com/content.cfm?id=95

www.sonoraisd.net

 

Christoval, Texas (Tom Green County)

From the picturesque, spring fed South Concho River with its pecan tree lined shore to the Toe Nail Trail, this small community of about 400 people, offers small town hopsitality. white tail deer hunting, horseback riding, fishing and swimming.

 

Numerous bird species are native to the area and are joined by migrant birds as the season change. The Hummer House attracts thousands of tiny hummingbirds.

The largest number of deer are seen during fall, winter and spring. Wild turkeys migrate into the thickets with their young in September and groups number into the hundreds. Breeding season is completed by mid-April with a few remaining to nest in the area.

 

Here are some links that you might find helpful:

 

www.christovalisd.org

www.christovaltx.com

www.city-data.com/city/Christoval-Texas

 

Grape Creek, Texas (Tom Green County)

 Grape Creek is on Grape Creek just north of U.S. Highway 87 and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in north central Tom Green County. Only 9 miles from San Angelo, you get the small town community atmosphere with the convenience of the larger San Angelo near by. Grape Creek ISD is a 2010 Recognized District.

Here are some links that you might be helpful:

www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrg45

www.grapecreekisd.net

 

San Angelo, Texas (Seat of Tom Green County)

 

San Angelo lies in the midst of West Texas ranching country almost in the center of Texas and is home to about 100,000 friendly people.  A virtual oasis, San Angelo is home to three lakes, as well as the beautiful Concho River which runs through the heart of the city. 

San Angelo was established across the river from Historic Fort Concho, a fort that served as headquarters for the 4th and 10th Cavalry and 16th Infantry.

Today's San Angelo offers a delightful mixture of arts and culture of West Texas, from a sophisticated symphony that showcases artists such as the Vienna Choir Boys to Country Western, from a Civic Ballet to the Folk Dances of Mexico. You can enjoy live theater at the state's longest running theatre, The Angelo Civic Theatre and on the Angelo State University campus. The Old Chicken Farm Art Center displays works by visual artists of all media, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, a world-class museum that received the prestigious National Museum Service Award, houses continually changing exhibits by artists from Texas and around the world. And, then there are artistic alleys, historic murals, internationally acclaimed waterlillies and the Concho Pearls, found in freshwater mussel's unique to this area.

Helpful links about the San Angelo area:

www.city-data.com/city/San-Angelo-Texas.html

 www.sanangelotexas.org

www.saisd.org

www.angelo.edu

 

Veribest, Texas (Tom Green County)

A small town boasting of about 40 people, Veribest is only 11 miles east of San Angelo on Farm Road 380 and its just close enough to have all the comforts of small town community and the larger city of San Angelo.

The name "Veribest" was chosen by a young woman named Sue Rister, who was asked by the mayor, in a grocery store, to choose the town's new name. She saw a jar of Veribest Pickles and thought it would be a good name for a town. Veribest was a brand name used by Armour & Company for canned meats and preserves.

Veribest is home to two churches, United Methodist and First Baptist.Several businesses, a post office and Veribest Independent School District makes Veribest a well rounded community.

Here are some links that you might find helpful:

http://www.veribestisd.net/

www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnv09

 

 

 

Wall, Texas (Tom Green County)

Wall, on U.S. Highway 87 ten miles southeast of San Angelo in southeastern Tom Green County, was originally called Lipan School, then Little School, then Murray's Store. Wall served as the trading center for the fertile Lipan Flat region, where cotton and grain are grown. The town supports several businesses and a school.

With Wall ISD you have a priviledge of an exemplary elementary and a recognized junior high and high school. The athletic program is strong as well with State Championships in golf and tennis and playoff success in football and basketball.

www.wallisd.net

www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnw08

 

 

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