Wilbarger County

Wilbarger County, Texas

1700 Wilbarger St County Courthouse Rm 15
Vernon, TX 76384
Phone: (940) 552-5486

In north-central TX, west of Wichita Falls; organized Feb 1, 1858 from Bexar County. Name Origin: For Josiah Pugh Wilbarger (1801-45), a surveyor, and Mathias Wilbarger, brothers who settled in Austin's colony

Area (sq mi):: 978.10 (land 971.06; water 7.03) Population per square mile: 14.30
Population 2005: 13,896 State rank: 145 Population change: 2000-20005 -5.30%; 1990-2000 -2.90% Population 2000: 14,676 (White 68.70%; Black or African American 8.90%; Hispanic or Latino 20.50%; Asian 0.60%; Other 12.30%). Foreign born: 4.20%. Median age: 36.30
Income 2000: per capita $16,520; median household $29,500; Population below poverty level: 13.10% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $22,174-$24,247
Unemployment (2004): 5.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): 3.00% Median travel time to work: 12.50 minutes Working outside county of residence: 8.20%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Vernon County seat (11,165)

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    The Texas agency initially owned the rights to about 78 acres along the river in Wilbarger County, which expanded to about 113 acres due to the river's gradual move northward, according to court filings.
    David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District, said that the small community of Harrold in north Texas is a 30-minute drive from the Wilbarger County Sheriff's Office, leaving students and teachers without protection.
    A phone recording at the Wilbarger County Appraisal District tells callers the office is closed while it updates its system in preparation of tax notices.
    picta in Wilbarger County of northcentral Texas but it was not possible to locate and verify the identity of this enigmatic specimen.
    Oberholser (1974) reports nesting of Snowy Plovers as confirmed by specimens or presence of eggs in the interior of Texas in Wilbarger County, possible breeding in Glasscock, Midland, Howard, and Martin counties.
    Vertebrate remains found in barn owl pellets from Wilbarger County, Texas.
    -- Recorded in Texas from El Paso County and from High Plains and adjacent areas in northwestern part of state, east to Wilbarger County and south at least to Midland and Ward counties (Jones et al., 1991).
    The last known record of pronghorn in the area was of an animal killed in Wilbarger County in 1885 (Dalquest and Horner, 1984).
    While searching for evidence of bat colonies during studies of the mammals of north-central Texas, one of us (Jones) found barn owl pellets deposited in an abandoned school building in Odell, Wilbarger County, Texas, This locality is included in the Rolling Plains ecological area of the state (McMahan et al., 1984); it was defined as in the Plains Country Region by Schmidly (1984) based on geographic distributions of mammals in Texas.