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Motley County

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

1,160
– 3.7
989.8
989.6
1,800–3,083
23.43
29.6
94.2
481
3.5
$2,333,819
$36,071
$353,527,010
$6,633,017

map of Motley County
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Physical Features: Western county just below Caprock; rough terrain, broken by Pease tributaries; sandy to red clay soils.

Economy: Agriculture, government/services, light manufacturing.

locator map for Motley County

History: Comanche tribes in the area, removed to the Indian Territory by the U.S. Army in 1874–1875. Cattle ranching began in the late 1870s. County was created out of the Bexar District in 1876 and organized in 1891; named for Dr.  J.W. Mottley, a signer of Texas Declaration of Independence (however name was misspelled in legislative statute).

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 80.3; Black, 2.2; Hispanic, 16.0; Asian, 0.2; Other, 1.8; Two or more races, 0.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 4; deaths, 17; marriages, 24; divorces, 3.

Recreation: Quail, dove, turkey, deer, feral hog hunting; Matador Ranch headquarters; spring-fed pool at Roaring Springs; Motley-Dickens settlers reunion in August at Roaring Springs.

Minerals: Minimal.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, cotton, peanuts, hay, wheat. Some irrigation. Market value $12.8  million. Hunting leases important.

MATADOR (535) county seat; ranching, farming, government/services; museum, historic oil-derrick gas station; motorcycles race in April.

Other towns include: Flomot (181) bluegrass festival in May, and Roaring Springs (222).

downtown Roaring Springs

Downtown Roaring Springs. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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