Ozona, Texas

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Ozona, Texas
CDP
Crockett County Museum is adjacent to the Crockett County Courthouse.
Crockett County Museum is adjacent to the Crockett County Courthouse.
Motto: "The Biggest Little Town in the World"
Location of Ozona, Texas
Location of Ozona, Texas
Crockett County Ozona.svg
Coordinates: 30°42′32″N 101°12′15″W / 30.70889°N 101.20417°W / 30.70889; -101.20417Coordinates: 30°42′32″N 101°12′15″W / 30.70889°N 101.20417°W / 30.70889; -101.20417
Country United States
State Texas
County Crockett
Area
 • Total 4.7 sq mi (12.1 km2)
 • Land 4.7 sq mi (12.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,349 ft (716 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,225
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76943
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-54552[1]
GNIS feature ID 1364666[2]
Website http://www.ozona.com/
Ozona welcome sign
First Baptist Church of Ozona on the town square
First United Methodist Church of Ozona; pastor Jean Reardon (2014)


Ozona is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Crockett County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 3,225 at the 2010 census. It is the only Census Bureau-recognized community in Crockett County, which is named for Colonel Davy Crockett, a hero of the Alamo.[4][5]

Ozona Stockman newspaper in Ozona

Ozona is called the "Biggest Little Town in the World." It is located on Interstate 10 some 82 miles southwest of San Angelo. Crockett County is one of the nation's leading producers of wool and mohair. It is situated in the Edwards Plateau region in the western edge of the Texas Hill Country. Hunters come to Ozona in search of white-tailed deer, javelina, and game birds.[4]

The county was organized in 1891 under a giant oak tree, which still stands and shades the historical marker describing the event. The Davy Crockett Monument is a large statue in the City Park on the town square.[4] Across from the monument is the Crockett County Museum.

Ozona was known as Powell Well, after land surveyor E.M. Powell, when it was founded in 1891. In 1897, it was renamed Ozona for the high quantity of its open air, or "ozone".[4] A flood in 1954 killed 16 people and destroyed about half of the homes in the town.

Texas also has a "Heritage Appreciation Monument" which honors pioneer families who came to settle the land. The three-story Crockett County Museum at 404 11th St. features a blacksmith shop, ranching artifacts, and a wool/mohair room. A scenic drive from Ozona to Lancaster Hill, west on Texas State Highway 290, provides a panoramic view of the Pecos River Valley.[4]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010,[5] 3,225 people resided in Ozona. As of the 2000 census, 1,255 households, and 919 families resided in the CDP. The population density was 734.6 people per square mile (283.5/km²). There were 1,514 housing units at an average density of 323.7/sq mi (124.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.62% White, 0.81% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 20.93% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 60.13% of the population.

Of the 1,255 households, 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were not families. About 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25. In the CDP, the population was distributed as 30.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $28,565, and for a family was $33,017. Males had a median income of $30,988 versus $14,024 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,152. About 16.8% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 20.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Ozona is served by the Crockett County Consolidated Common School District. Crockett County Consolidated Common School District is designated as Class 1A, and its students participate in most of the UIL scholastic and athletic activities available in that classification. Students may participate in more than one sport including football, basketball, track, cross country, tennis, baseball, and golf, as well as other extracurricular activities concurrently running.

Ozona High School students have won or placed in the top three at state competition in debate, speaking events, and journalism. The Ozona High School Band has been awarded numerous honors at both the regional and state levels. The Ozona Lady Lions have been Class 2A State Champions in 1995 and 1996 in basketball and in 1997 in golf.[6] The Ozona Lions have been State Champions as a team in Cross Country running in Class 2A in 2004 and then Class 1A in 2013.[7][8]

Geography[edit]

Ozona is located at 30°42′32″N 101°12′15″W / 30.70889°N 101.20417°W / 30.70889; -101.20417 (30.708972, -101.204069)[9]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km2), all land.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ozona, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87
(31)
93
(34)
97
(36)
102
(39)
107
(42)
108
(42)
108
(42)
109
(43)
107
(42)
98
(37)
89
(32)
90
(32)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 59
(15)
64
(18)
70
(21)
79
(26)
87
(31)
92
(33)
93
(34)
94
(34)
88
(31)
79
(26)
68
(20)
59
(15)
77.7
(25.3)
Average low °F (°C) 30
(−1)
35
(2)
42
(6)
51
(11)
61
(16)
69
(21)
71
(22)
70
(21)
63
(17)
53
(12)
40
(4)
31
(−1)
51.3
(10.8)
Record low °F (°C) −4
(−20)
−8
(−22)
8
(−13)
19
(−7)
35
(2)
45
(7)
50
(10)
51
(11)
34
(1)
20
(−7)
8
(−13)
−2
(−19)
−8
(−22)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.93
(23.6)
1.09
(27.7)
1.63
(41.4)
1.74
(44.2)
2.20
(55.9)
2.04
(51.8)
1.39
(35.3)
1.97
(50)
2.00
(50.8)
2.36
(59.9)
0.90
(22.9)
0.66
(16.8)
18.91
(480.3)
Source: The Weather Channel [10]

Popular culture[edit]

In the Criminal Minds Season 2 episode of "Boogeyman", the BAU goes to Ozona, Texas, during a murder investigation involving a boy who was killed in the woods on the outskirts of Ozona.

The British rock band Goldrush recorded an album called Ozona, based on their experiences when their tour bus broke down in the town.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Texas Transportation Commission, Texas State Travel Guide, 2007, p. 98
  5. ^ a b http://censusviewer.com/city/TX/Ozona
  6. ^ http://ozona.com/articles/view/9/schools
  7. ^ http://uil100.org/archives/athletics/cross-country-boys.php
  8. ^ http://www.mychiptime.com/searchevent.php?id=8065
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Monthly Averages for Ozona, Texas". The Weather Channel. 
  11. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Ozona-Goldrush/dp/B000A1ILP0