Location of Floydada, Texas
|• Total||2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)|
|• Land||2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||3,182 ft (970 m)|
|• Density||1,810.8/sq mi (699.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1357507|
According to the Texas State Historical Association, the community of Floydada originally was named Floyd City. It was established in 1890 on 640 acres of land donated by James B. and Caroline Price of Jefferson City, Missouri. Floydada won the election as county seat over Della Plain. When a post office opened, the name was changed to Floydada. The meaning of the name is disputed. Some claim it was meant to be Floydalia but was garbled in transmission to Washington, while others insist it is a combination of the county's name and that James Price's mother, Ada. A third view is that it was formed from Caroline Price's parents, Floyd and Ada.
Floydada is located at (33.983771, -101.337259).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.
The City of Floydada is located near the edge of the South Panhandle Caprock. This area is characterized by a higher elevation than that of land to the East.
The City of Floydada and Floyd County experience all four seasons of weather. Winters are cool and windy with little or no precipitation with the exception of snowfall. Summers experience a more mild wind and moderately high temperatures.
The following is a list of average climate data to give a general idea of the weather in the area. Note these values are averages and estimates. They are not intended to provide precise data in a given time frame.
|Average High Temperature||92F||50F|
|Average Low Temperature||68F||25F|
|Average Morning Humidity||75%||70%|
|Average Afternoon Humidity||50%||50%|
|Average Wind Speed||11.5 mph||14.5 mph|
|Climate data for Floydada, Texas (1981–2010)|
|Average high °F (°C)||51.4
|Average low °F (°C)||24.9
|Precipitation inches (mm)||0.64
|Snowfall inches (cm)||2.2
According to the census of 2000, there were 1,304 households, and 980 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,810.8 people per square mile (699.2/km²). There were 1,507 housing units at an average density of 742.3 per square mile (286.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.35% White, 4.13% African American, 1.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 22.20% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.63% of the population.
There were 1,304 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,429, and the median income for a family was $30,038. Males had a median income of $25,179 versus $17,381 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,431. About 24.7% of families and 26.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.2% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Floydada is served by the Floydada Independent School District. Apple has teamed up with Floydada and has distributed laptop computers to the students and staff of Floydada's Jr. High and High School. In 2007-08, Floydada was the only town in Texas to be an Apple distinguished school.
Floydada has a number of free training programs provided by the Floydada Professional Development Center and the Floydada Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Employers can access financial assistance for training through the Skills Development Fund and the Self-Sufficiency Fund administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. Local training facilities include Caprock Community Action and the Floydada Technology Center.
The Floydada Technology Center (FTC) began in 2003 and is provided by the Floydada EDC and is housed in the EDC offices at 105 South 5th Street. The Center itself was designed to provide workforce development to both citizens and businesses upon request. It houses a twelve student capacity classroom with an instructor's podium and computer that is attached to a projector. Caprock Community Action was opened in 2002 and operates a learning lab that offers citizens the opportunity to earn their GED. They are located at 701 E. Lee Street.
The Coronado Site
Archaeologists from Wichita State University excavated in Blanco Canyon, 5 miles south of Floydada. They discovered significant evidence that Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado established a major camp there during his search for Quivira, one of the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. The Floyd County Historical Museum in downtown Floydada displays some of the significant artifacts from Coronado's campsite. There is also an historical marker in Blanco Canyon telling of Coronado's expedition which led through said canyon.
Wind Energy Development
The City of Floydada is located in what many call the wind corridor of the United States. The wind corridor stretches from the Panhandle of Texas up into Minnesota, including some of the most wind rich states in the country.
There are several reasons why Floyd County and Floydada, Texas are ideal for wind development. Those reasons include the quality of wind in the region, the potential to connect into two different electric grid systems, the plan scheduled for transmission build-out in the area and much more.
Wind Classification: The quality of wind is ranked on a scale of one to seven. In Floyd County the wind ranking is class 4, which is considered good for wind energy development.
Electric Grids: Texas is served by several electric grid operators. Those operating in the Floyd County area are Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). It is beneficial for the area to be in such close vicinity to both grids because it allows for the opportunity to send electricity generated from wind farms either direction. Even though Floyd County is located primarily in the SPP grid, lines can be built in the area that connect to the ERCOT grid. You can find out more about the electric grid system in the electricity chapter of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Energy Report 2008.
Transmission Build-out: In January 2009 the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) chose several transmission service providers (TSPs) to construct a build-out of transmission lines across the State of Texas. The purpose of the transmission overhaul was to help harness the wind rich regions of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle in order to send the energy generated into more populated areas of Texas where the energy can be used. Two TSPs have Floyd County included in their study area, Sharyland Utilities and Wind Energy Transmission Texas (WETT). The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) project in Texas has the potential to help spur wind energy development in Floyd County. The CREZ segment for Floyd Count has been approved and will begin construction in the autumn of 2011. Xcel Energy is also making plans to construct a transmission line through Floyd County.
The City of Floydada and Floyd County have a strong agriculture-based economy like that of many other counties in the region. However, several other unique industries have added to the economic base to make it diverse in nature, including custom-built metal assembly irrigation motor development, efficient rock crushing systems, and a product called "The Row Stalker."
- Max F Crawford (1938–2010) - author of Lords of the Plains: A Novel, The Bad Communist, Waltz Across Texas, and other books, was born near Floydada and attended Floydada schools.
- H. Jeff Kimble - William L. Valentine Professor of Physics at Caltech and recipient of the 2004 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize "For his pioneering work in quantum optics, for his innovative experiments in single-atom optical experiments, and for his skill in communicating the scientific excitement of his research to a broad range of audiences." In 1998, Dr. Kimble and his team at Caltech succeeded in the first true teleportation of a quantum state. Kimble grew up in Floydada and was graduated from Floydada High School.
- Joe D. Montgomery, Alaska educator and legislator, was born in Floydada.
- Vernon A. "Sunshine" Parker, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire pilot in the Royal Air Force's No. 121 Squadron, one of the famous RAF Eagle Squadrons in World War II. While in the RAF, Parker invented a defensive maneuver against German fighter planes called the Parker Two-Step. He later became an United States Army Air Corps B-17 pilot and completed 25 combat missions. Mission 23 was a bloody raid on the Schweinfurt ball bearing plant that cost the Air Corps 36 B-17s and 320 crewmen. One of the aircraft he flew frequently was the Memphis Belle
- Don Williams - Country music performer and songwriter, was born in Floydada in 1939.
- L.G. Wilson (1924–2001) - noted high school football coach was the athletic director and head football coach at Floydada High School from 1968 to 1982.
Floydada in Popular Culture
Floydada was the inspiration for the James McMurtry song Levelland, also covered by musician Robert Earl Keen. As McMurtry explains on the track Max's Theorem on the live album Live in Aught-Three, he named the song "Levelland" because Floydada wouldn't fit the meter.
Floydada is referenced in the Kevin Costner golf movie Tin Cup during a scene where Costner's character, Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy is playing in the U.S. Open when the golf analysts are speculating about the location of Roy's hometown Salome (a fictional town). CBS golf executive Lance Barrow makes the comment, "I think it's somewhere near Floydada."
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- Operation Sculpin