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Culberson County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. mean. min.
July mean max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

2,236
– 6.8
3,813.0
3,812.8
2,900–8,749
11.58
28.3
92.3
1,151
3.8
$13,240,776
$41,138
$1,019,932,280
$145,592,632

map of Culberson County
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Physical Features: Contains Texas’ highest mountain; slopes toward Pecos Valley on east, Diablo Bolson on west; salt lakes; unique vegetation in canyons.

Economy: Tourism, government/services, talc mining and processing, agribusiness, sulfur mining.

locator map for Culberson County

History: Apaches arrived about 600 years ago. U.S. military frontier after Civil War. Ranching developed after 1880. Mexican migration increased after 1920. County created from El Paso County 1911, organized 1912; named for D.B. Culberson, Texas congressman.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 19.2; Black, 0.4; Hispanic, 78.4; Asian, 0.3; Other, 2.0.

 

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 27; deaths, 13; marriages, 5; divorces, 2.

Recreation: National park; Guadalupe and El Capitan, twin peaks; scenic canyons and mountains; classic car museum, antique saloon bar; frontier days in June, big buck tournament.

Minerals: Sulfur, talc, marble, oil.

Agriculture: Beef cattle; crops include cotton, vegetables, melons, pecans; 6,000 acres in irrigation. Market value $13.7 million.

VAN HORN (2,008) county seat; agribusiness, tourism, rock crushing, government/services; hospital.

Other towns: Kent (30).

cotton field near Lobo

Irrigated cotton fields near Lobo. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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