My name is LaRae
Hutchinson County native!), and my daughter
Eireann and I are the new TXGenWeb County
Co-Coordinators for Hutchinson County.
We have recently added
many vital records to this page. Please use
the search engine to facilitate your
research. Happy hunting!
-LaRae & Eireann
Hutchinson County, in the north
central section of the Panhandle, is bounded on the
north by Hansford County, on the east by Roberts County,
on the south by Carson County, and on the West by Moore
County. The county was named for pioneer jurist Anderson
The Canadian River, fed by several
small creeks, angles across the county from southwest to
northeast; in the southwest it is dammed to form Lake
Meredith. Broken land along the river and its
tributaries forms fertile valleys. The northern part of
the county is high rolling plain. Beef cattle, hogs, and
poultry are also raised there, and irrigated land
amounts to more than 40,000 acres. Since the 1920s,
petroleum has been the chief industry; the southern part
of Hutchinson County is the center of oil, gas,
petrochemical, and synthetic-rubber production in the
Hutchinson County slumbered as a
sparsely populated ranching and agricultural center
until the discovery of the vast Panhandle oilfield in
the early 1920s. Such ranchers as James M. Sanford, J.
A. Whittenburg, and John F. Weatherly cashed in on the
resultant boom; many townsites and oil camps such as
Isom, Sanford, Fritch, Phillips, Stinnett, Signal Hill,
Electric City, and Dial sprang up almost overnight as
petroleum-related industries moved in and independent
oil producers struck it rich.
The largest and rowdiest of these
boom towns was laid out west of Dixon Creek in 1926 and
named for its founder, A. P. (Ace) Borger. The town of
Borger (1990 population, 15,675) remains the largest in
the county and its chief commercial and cultural center,
and Stinnett (2,166) is the county seat.
(For an expanded history, visit
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Hutchinson County Message
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submit your Hutchinson County Family
Genealogy for inclusion on the page, please
send it as an e-mail attachment to me at TimeTrvlrO@aol.com.
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also send it in one or two emails,
if you'd like... 8-)
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not have to be exclusive to Hutchinson
County, but your family should have been
residents of the county for a period of
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submitted by Judith Lavonia Hugg Grimes
Texas Panhandle Ranches
Ranches.org is home for several
Texas panhandle ranches.
Included on the site, which is
maintained by rancher Jay O'Brien,
are biographical sketches,
ranch histories, and information
about the McLean
The Swamp--O'Brien Ranch,
the JA, The Circle,
and the Exell Ranch.
John G. O'Brien, G.W. O'Brien,
Will O'Brien, Exie Eagan O'Brien,
James Christopher Paul,
and Howard Paul.
Hutchinson County Site
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