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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.
Civlian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

12,892
– 4.8
977.9
970.8
1.030–1.470
27.94
27.7
96.6
4,819
4.4
$52,830,756
$37,869
$1,835,745,690
$160,641,882

map of Wilbarger County
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Physical Features: Gently rolling prairie draining to Red, Pease rivers, tributaries; sandy, loam, waxy soils; Santa Rosa Lake, Lake Electra.

Economy: Agribusiness, electricity generating plant, government/services.

History: Anglo-American settlement developed after removal of the Comanches into the Indian Territory in 1875. County named for pioneers Josiah and Mathias Wilbarger; created from the Bexar District in 1858 and organized in 1881.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 58.6; Black, 8.3; Hispanic, 28.5; Asian, 2.9; Other, 1.6; Two or more races, 2.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 155; deaths, 163; marriages, 138; divorces, 27.

Recreation: Doan’s Crossing, on route of cattle drives; Waggoner Ranch, other historic sites; hunting, fishing; Red River Valley Museum; Santa Rosa roundup in May.

Minerals: Oil.

Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, cotton, alfalfa, peanuts; 15,000 acres irrigated. Market value $47.2 million.

VERNON (10,197) county seat; government/services, agribusiness, manufacturing, electricity-generating plant; college; state hospital/mental health center, private hospital, prison; museums; vintage car show in August.

Other towns include: Harrold (200); Lockett (150) A&M extension center; Odell (100); Oklaunion (138).

old post office and grocery at Odell

The old post office and grocery at Odell. Photo by Robert Plocheck.