Borden County

Borden County was named for Gail Borden, a distinguished Texas patriot, surveyor and inventor of the process for condensed milk. It was created from Bexar County in 1876, but was not organized until 1891. The county seat is Gail, which boasts a Courthouse, Borden County School, Post Office, Coyote Country Store, Trading Post, and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Borden County is divided among the Permian Basin, South Plains and Rolling Plains of Texas. The caprock escarpment also divides the county creating two counties in one because the geography and lifestyles differ from those who live on the caprock and those that live in the low land. The county is 900 square miles of prairie grass and mesquite trees, as well as portions of farm land in all four corners of the county.

Recreation in Borden County includes school activities and athletic events, a museum, scenic drives, and Lake J.B. Thomas, which is fed by the Colorado River. There are ample opportunities for hunting, fishing and trapping.

Demographically, projections for Borden County in the year 2000 show little anticipated change. In 1997, its population was 753, and the prediction for 2000 is 780. In 1997, Borden County ranked 251 of 254 Texas counties. Gender population is 60% male and 40% female. The largest age group is 50 and over (48%). The majority of the population is Anglo (85%), followed by Hispanics (14%), and other races (1%).

Borden County per capita personal income (PCPI) in 1995 was $21,069, [which was an increase from the 1985 PCPI of $12,000 (a 57% increase)]. When the Borden County 1995 PCPI is compared to the state average of $21,118, Borden County fares well as being ranked 34 of 254 in PCPI with little industrial diversity.

Borden County, like other Texas counties, is concentrating on growing a strong educational system and developing a strong economy that will prepare its citizens and its children for the 21st century.

Contact Borden County

Contact Borden County

Julie Smith
County Extension Agent
140 East Wilbourne Street
PO Box 155
Gail, Texas  79738-0155
Phone: 806-756-4336
Fax: 806-756-4486


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