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About Carson County

Carson County, in the center of the Panhandle and on the eastern edge of the Texas High Plains, is bounded on the north by Hutchinson County, on the west by Potter County, on the south by Armstrong County, and on the east by Gray County. Carson County was named for Samuel P. Carson, the first secretary of state of the Republic of Texas.

Carson County has a balanced and diversified economy based on ranching, farming, oil, transportation, and the Pantex plant. Most of the farmland is located in the eastern part of the county, while the western part remains ranchland. In the 1940s and 1950s many local farmers drilled irrigation wells to tap the Ogallala Aquifer, and by the 1980s about 33 percent of cultivated land in the county was irrigated. The local agricultural economy remained relatively static after the 1940s; by 1982, land under cultivation totaled 281,424 acres. The number of farms and farmers declined, however, as mechanization led to a growth in farm size and corresponding decline in the number of farms.

The population of the county also remained essentially stable after World War II. It rose from 6,624 in 1940 to 6,852 in 1950, and again to 7,781 by 1960. It declined somewhat during the 1960s to 6,358 in 1970, then rose again to 6,672 in 1980. In 1990 the population of the county was to be 6,576. The bulk of the county's population now lives in its towns, which include White Deer, Skellytown, Groom, and Rocky Mount. Panhandle (1990 population 2,353) is Carson County's largest town and its seat of government.

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Carson County Photographs

A series of photographs
taken in Groom, Panhandle, and White Deer.

World War I and World War II
Texas Panhandle Casualties
and Missing in Action

World War I

World War II

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

NARA -- Access to Military Service and Pension Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

NEW! -- Obituaries
Indexed by town, including
Groom, Panhandle, Skellytown, and White Deer.

Carson County Obituaries - 2003

Source: Amarillo Globe-Mail

Carson County Family Genealogies

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McBee-Sargent-Luster and Cook-Newman Genealogies
submitted by Elnora Cook-Wyrick

Texas Panhandle Ranches is home for several
Texas panhandle ranches.
Included on the site, which is
maintained by rancher Jay O'Brien,
biographical sketches,
ranch histories, and information
about the
McLean Feedyard.

Ranches included are:
The Swamp--O'Brien Ranch,
the JA, The Circle,
and the
Exell Ranch.

Biographies include:
John G. O'Brien, G.W. O'Brien,
Will O'Brien, Exie Eagan O'Brien,
James Christopher Paul,
Howard Paul.

Another feature of the page is
Judge Howard Paul's memories of
Early Days in Carson County.

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My name is
LaRae Halsey-Brooks, and my daughter,
Eireann Brooks, and I are the County Co-Coordinators
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