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Physical Features: Partly on High Plains, broken by Palo Duro Canyon. Chocolate loam, gray soils.
Economy: Agribusiness, tourism, commuting to Amarillo.
History: Apache, then Comanche territory until U.S. Army campaigns of 1874-75. Anglo-Americans began ranching soon afterward. County created from Bexar District, 1876; organized 1890; name honors pioneer Texas family.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 87.8; Black, 1.7; Hispanic, 8.4; Asian, 0.2; Other, 2.5.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 26; deaths, 24; marriages, 9; divorces, 5.
Recreation: State park; Goodnight Ranch Home.
Minerals: Sand, gravel.
Agriculture: Stocker cattle, cow-calf operations; wheat, sorghum, cotton and hay; some irrigation. Market value $19.2 million.
CLAUDE (1,219) county seat; farm, ranch supplies; glass company; medical center; Caprock Roundup in July.
Texas 207 crosses Palo Duro Canyon. Photo by Steve Portch.