Scurry County, Texas
|Scurry County, Texas|
Scurry County Courthouse in Snyder
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|Named for||William Read Scurry|
|• Total||908 sq mi (2,352 km2)|
|• Land||905 sq mi (2,344 km2)|
|• Water||2.1 sq mi (5 km2), 0.2%|
|• Density||18/sq mi (7/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Scurry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 16,921. Its county seat is Snyder, which is the educational home for the fastest growing Texas Community College, Western Texas College. Scurry County was one of forty-six prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas, until a 2006 election approved the sale of beer and wine in Snyder, and a 2008 election approved the sale of liquor by the drink throughout the county.
Scurry County comprises the Snyder, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area.
"This county, lying directly north of Mitchell County, was created in 1876, and was organized June 28, 1884. It was named for William Read Scurry, lawyer and Confederate Army general. Until 1909 it was without railroad facilities, and the nearest shipping points were Colorado City on the south and still later the railroad towns in Fisher County on the east.
The first railroad was the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway, built from Roscoe on the Texas & Pacific in Nolan County, to Snyder, the county seat of Scurry County, about 1909, and subsequently extended to Fluvanna, also in Scurry County. In 1911, the Texico-Coleman division of the Santa Fe system was built through the county, giving it a trunk line of railway. Development has been particularly rapid during the early 1900s.
Some of the important pioneer facts concerning Scurry County are found in a sketch of W.H. Snyder, after whom the county seat town was named. In 1877 he opened a trading camp in the county, hauling lumber on wagons from Dallas to build his store and also hauling a good portion of his goods from the same place. He used what was known as trail wagons, with seven yoke of oxen to a team, each wagon having a capacity of 50,000 pounds. Mr. Snyder erected a house in Scurry County and began dealing in general merchandise and supplies for buffalo hunters. Other parties moved into the same locality, and that was the beginning of the Town of Snyder.
In 1882, Mr. Snyder laid out the town, and two years later it became the county seat. Snyder has had an enterprising citizenship, and ten years later had an independent school district, four churches, and was an important center for trade.
Its importance has greatly increased since the coming of the railway, and in 1910 its population was 2,154. Other towns have sprung up along the railway, the most important of which is Fulvanna, at the terminus of the Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific, and Hermleigh."
- Kent County (north)
- Fisher County (east)
- Mitchell County (south)
- Borden County (west)
- Garza County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,361 people, 5,756 households, and 4,161 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 7,112 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.27% White, 6.06% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 10.51% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 27.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,756 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 107.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,646, and the median income for a family was $38,467. Males had a median income of $30,399 versus $18,061 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,871. About 12.60% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.60% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.
Scurry County Museum is located on the campus of Western Texas College in Snyder
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- Scurry County government's website
- Scurry County from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Historic Scurry County materials, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- TXGenWeb Scurry County website
- Scurry County Genealogy Trails
- Scurry County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties
||Garza County||Kent County|
|Borden County||Fisher County|