Denver City, Texas

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Denver City
Denver City, Texas
Denver City, Texas
Denver City, Texas
Nickname(s): 
DC
Motto(s): 
"A Forest of Steel Giants Against the Daylight Sky", Paul W. Scott
Location of Denver City, Texas
Location of Denver City, Texas
Yoakum County DenverCity.svg
Coordinates: 32°57′52″N 102°49′45″W / 32.9645°N 102.8291°W / 32.9645; -102.8291Coordinates: 32°57′52″N 102°49′45″W / 32.9645°N 102.8291°W / 32.9645; -102.8291
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountiesYoakum
Area
 • Total2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
 • Land2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
3,573 ft (1,089 m)
Population
 • Total4,479
 • Density1,800/sq mi (690/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
79323
Area code(s)806
FIPS code48-19984[1]
GNIS feature ID1334272[2]

Denver City is a town located partly in Gaines County, but mostly in Yoakum County in the far western portion of the U.S. state of Texas, just a short distance from the New Mexico boundary. It is named for the petroleum company, Denver Productions. The population was 4,479 at the 2010 census. The town is located at the intersection of Texas State Highways 214 and 83.

Oil and ranching remain important to Denver City. The first well was drilled by the wildcatter "Red" Davidson of Fort Worth on the ranch lands of L.P. and Ruth Bennett and her father, Dr. J. R. Smith. Oil gushed to the surface for the first time on October 10, 1935. A part of this Wasson Field, as it is known, is the site of the Yoakum County Park, donated in 1964 by Gene H. Bennett (1921–1998), the youngest son of the Bennetts.[3]

According to the Denver City Chamber of Commerce, Denver City is home to a fully functional hospital, One car dealership, One grocery store, One airport, Two hotels, Three churches, and Six financial institutions[4].

In 2008, the Denver City Independent School District presented a bond package for new and renovated facilities. Upgrades include, new High school, Tennis Courts, Jr. High Band Hall, Industrial Arts Facility, Sports Complex, Maintenance Center, Athletic Field House, and Bus Barn. Renovations include, Jr. High Classrooms, Jr. High Science Labs, Jr. High Offices and Foyer, Jr. High Parking Lot, Main Field House, and Bus Barn[5].

On May 11, 2013, voters in both Denver City and Yoakum County, as well as Crosby County, also in West Texas, all previously under local-option prohibition laws, approved the sale of liquor.[6]

Geography[edit]

Denver City is located at 32°58′07″N 102°49′52″W / 32.968580°N 102.831218°W / 32.968580; -102.831218 (32.968580, −102.831218).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Denver City has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all of it land.


Demographics[8][edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19501,858
19604,302131.5%
19704,133−3.9%
19804,70413.8%
19905,1459.4%
20003,985−22.5%
20104,47912.4%
Est. 20174,871[9]8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census of 2010, the population of Denver City is 4,479 with a total of 1,770 households, and 1,578 families resided in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 70.5% White, 1.3% African American, 1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 63.3 Hispanics or Latino, 60.1% Mexican, 0.1% Cuban, and 2.5% from two or more races. Of the 4,426 households, 27.5.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were not families. 22.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town, the population was distributed as 34% ranging in age from 0 to 19, 5.8% from 20 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.2 years of age.

According to a 2017 survey, the median income for a household in the town was $52,232, and for a family was $67,630. Males had a median income of $65,495 versus $23,346 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,297. About 15.8% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19% of those under age 18 and 35% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Denver City, Texas (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 56
(13)
60
(16)
68
(20)
76
(24)
84
(29)
90
(32)
91
(33)
91
(33)
84
(29)
76
(24)
65
(18)
56
(13)
74.8
(23.8)
Average low °F (°C) 27
(−3)
31
(−1)
36
(2)
44
(7)
53
(12)
62
(17)
66
(19)
65
(18)
58
(14)
47
(8)
36
(2)
28
(−2)
46.1
(7.8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.75
(19)
0.94
(24)
0.91
(23)
1.18
(30)
2.28
(58)
2.24
(57)
2.09
(53)
2.6
(66)
2.8
(71)
1.69
(43)
0.94
(24)
0.79
(20)
19.21
(488)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 1
(2.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
1
(2.5)
2.0
(5.1)
4
(10)
Source: US Climate Data[11]

Notable persons[edit]

  • Paul Leon Gooch (1928–2013), former alderman and mayor of Denver City, operated Dairy Mart and Broadway Superette, native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, member of Church of Christ, interred at Denver City Memorial Park Cemetery[12]
  • Bert Gravitt and Bill Gravitt, inductees of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Chad W. Jones, winner of Bronze Star and ARCOM with Valor awards in Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Robert Edgar Self, Jr. (September 11, 1925 – September 7, 2008), a businessman, served as mayor of Denver City from June 1978 – April 1979. Elected to the city council in April 1975, he became mayor upon the resignation of Dan Harris. He served on the first Denver City zoning board and worked to gain approval of the Connor and Santa Fe housing additions. Born in Brownfield in Terry County, Self was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Brownfield High School and Texas Tech University, and served in the United States Army during World War II. He was proprietor of Collins Department Store. Services were held in the Denver City Church of Christ. Interment was at Denver City Memorial Park.[13]
  • Woodson Wade Lindsey, Freida Lonette Lindsey: The Lindsey family was an integral part of Denver City as proprietors of Lindsey Hardware for over 50 years, until the retirement of Woodson Lindsey in 1996.

Recreation[14][15][edit]

  • Denver City Heritage Museum
  • Denver City Park
  • Kiddie Park (Unofficial Name)
  • Yoakum County Swimming Pool
  • Yoakum County Park (Duck Pond)
  • Yoakum County Golf Course
  • BaseBall Park Across from 15th street and West Ward
  • Kelly-Dodson Elementary (3 Playgrounds)

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Flag of Texas.svg Texas portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Texas Historical Commission marker, State Highway 114, 1981
  4. ^ "Denver City Chamber of Commerce". denvercitychamber.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Denver City Independent School District Bond Information". www.dcisd.org. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Voters approve sales of alcohol in three elections". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Denver City Demographics". factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ https://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/denver-city/texas/united-states/ustx1876. Retrieved March 12, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Paul Leon Gooch obituary". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  13. ^ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 8, 2008
  14. ^ "Recreation in Denver City Texas". denvercitychamber.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Kiddie Park Location". www.google.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.

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