Abandoned Reagan County Courthouse at Stiles
|Physiographic region||West Texas|
|Elevation||2,549 ft (777 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Website||Handbook of Texas|
Stiles is a ghost town in Reagan County, Texas, United States, about 18 mi (29 km) north of Big Lake. As the only town in the area when Reagan County was established in 1903, Stiles was made the county seat. Bypassed by the railroad and eclipsed when oil was discovered near Big Lake, Stiles was replaced with Big Lake as the county seat in 1925.
The ruins of the old Reagan County Courthouse are still visible just off Texas State Highway 137, between Big Lake and Texas State Highway 158. The courthouse was constructed with local stone by William Martin in 1911.
Stiles lies within an ancient stream channel called Centralia Draw that rises 13 mi (21 km) northeast of Rankin in eastern Upton County ( ) and runs east for 43 mi (69 km) across Upton, Reagan, and Irion counties to the Middle Concho River. Today, Centralia Draw remains dry most of the year except during occasional brief periods of heavy rainfall and runoff. Evidence suggests that in the past a more active spring-fed stream once flowed through Centralia Draw cutting the broad valley we see today.
- "Stiles". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.
- Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Stiles, Texas," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/hns86.html (accessed June 3, 2007)
- Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Centralia Draw," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/rbccp.html (accessed February 21, 2009).
- Sibley Nature Center, "Memories of elderly ranchers of Stiles," http://www.sibleynaturecenter.org/essays/moseying/history/030312_stilesranchers.html (published March 12, 2003, accessed February 24, 2009)
- Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Reagan County," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/RR/hcr3.html (accessed February 21, 2009).