Orla, Texas

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Orla, Texas in 2008
Orla, Texas in 2008
Orla is located in Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 31°49′30″N 103°54′32″W / 31.82500°N 103.90889°W / 31.82500; -103.90889Coordinates: 31°49′30″N 103°54′32″W / 31.82500°N 103.90889°W / 31.82500; -103.90889
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)

Orla is a town in Reeves County, Texas, United States. It lies about 38 miles (61 km) north of Pecos. It is believed to have two residents and has its own post office, located on U.S. Route 285.[citation needed] The post office was established 26 December 1906 with Joshua D. McAdams as first postmaster.[1]

Orla was founded in 1890 and served as a section house for the newly built Pecos Valley Railroad, incorporated by John J. Hagerman, an American Industrialist, to link Eddy, New Mexico (now Carlsbad) with Pecos, Texas. The population remained small until World War II when the town's population finally grew and the number of businesses increased to two to serve the population of nearly 60 residents. The population reached a high of around 250 people when oil, gas, and sulphur activity brought more workers to the region in the 1960s.[2]

Today, due to the new oil increase the town has been brought back with 3 new gas stations, 2 restaurants, multiple camps, multiple worker housing units, and varying construction companies.


This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Orla has a desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.[3]


  1. ^ Schmidt, Walter G. (1993) An Encyclopaedia of Texas Post Offices, p. 162, Chicago, Illinois: The Collectors' Club of Chicago.
  2. ^ "Adventure Travel: Ghosts of West Texas". www.LetsBeWild.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Orla, Texas