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Reeves 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

14,732
6.9
2,642.1
2,635.4
2,460–5,115
13.54
30.3
94.4
5,793
4.8
$46,921,617
$30,692
$3,286,586,040
$244,365,410

map of Reeves County
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Physical Features: Rolling plains, broken by many draws, Pecos River, Balmorhea Lake, Lake Toyah, Red Bluff Reservoir; Barrilla Mountains on the south; chocolate loam, clay, sandy, mountain wash soils.

Economy: Agriculture, tourism, food processing, government/services, gravel.

History: Jumanos were irrigating crops from springs (Balmorhea) when Spanish explored in 1583. Mexican farmers supplied nearby Fort Davis in mid-19th century. Anglo-Americans arrived in the 1870s. County created in 1883 from Pecos County; organized in 1884; named for Confederate Col. George R. Reeves.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 20.1; Black, 4.2; Hispanic, 74.6; Asian, 1.1; Other, 0.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 201; deaths, 107; marriages, 84; divorces, 24.

Recreation: Replica of Judge Roy Bean store, West of Pecos museum; park with javelina, prairie dogs; scenic drives; water activities; state park; night in old Pecos, cantaloupe festival in July.

Minerals: Oil, gas, gravel.

Agriculture: Ranching, dairies, hay,  cotton, cantaloupes, pecans, pistachios. Some 11,000 acres irrigated. Market value $54.2 million.

PECOS (8,875) county seat; food processing, produce shipping, government/services, prison, tourism, agribusiness; hospital; 16th of September fiesta.

Other towns include: Balmorhea (501), Lindsay (263); Orla (80), Saragosa (185), Toyah (84), Toyahvale (60).

pool at Balmorhea State Park

The pool at Balmorhea State Park. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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