Ransom Canyon, Texas
Ransom Canyon water tower
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|Elevation||3,104 ft (946 m)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|ZIP code||79364, 79366|
|Website||Ransom Canyon website|
Ransom Canyon has some unusually designed homes, including the Lawson Rock House and the Steel House, both designed by Robert R. Bruno (1945-2008). The steel house was featured on an episode of Texas Country Reporter with Bob Phillips shortly before Bruno's death.
The town of Ransom Canyon is located within Yellow House Canyon, at the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado. Yellow House Canyon was carved by the North Fork Double Mountain Fork Brazos River. This stream has been dammed multiple times to form Buffalo Springs Lake and Lake Ransom Canyon.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2), of which 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 16.38%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,011 people, 404 households, and 338 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,213.1 people per square mile (470.3/km²). There were 412 housing units at an average density of 494.4/sq mi (191.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.25% White, 0.40% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 2.57% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.85% of the population.
There were 404 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.1% were non-families. 14.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 36.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $78,427, and the median income for a family was $85,944. Males had a median income of $50,000 versus $34,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $45,675. None of the families and 0.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 0.7% of those over 64.
Vogue photo shoot 2013
On June 25 and 26 of last year, Ransom Canyon was the site of a Vogue (magazine) fall-fashion photo shoot. Three models, Raquel Zimmermann, Toni Garrn and brother Niklas Garrn, were photographed by Steven Klein in and around Robert Bruno's steel house, sometimes wearing Google Glass. Photographs appear in the September 2013 issue of Vogue.
Model Toni Garrn standing on top of Robert Bruno's steel house.
Models Toni Garrn and brother Niklas Garrn strike a pose for Vogue.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ransom Canyon
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Ransom Canyon town, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
- Davis, Charles G. "Ransom Canyon, TX". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- Climate Summary for Ransom Canyon, Texas
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Bilton, Nick (August 16, 2013). "Trying to Make Google Glass Fashionable". The New York Times. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- Vogue magazine September 2013 issue featuring Bruno's steel house
- Ransom Canyon, TX from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Town of Ransom Canyon official website
- Robert Bruno Steel House
- Twill Magazine, page 49
- Photos of the Llano Estacado.