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Oldham County
Oldham County Courthouse in Vega
Oldham County Courthouse in Vega
Map of Texas highlighting Oldham County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1881
Seat Vega
Largest city Vega
Area
 • Total 1,501 sq mi (3,890 km2)
 • Land 1,501 sq mi (3,890 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2 km2)  0.06%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,758
 • Density 1.1712/sq mi (0.45221/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 13th

Oldham County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 1,758. Its county seat is Vega. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1881. Oldham County is included in the Amarillo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Oldham County was formed in 1876 and organized in 1881, and named for Williamson Simpson Oldham, Sr., a Texas pioneer and Confederate Senator. At the time of its organization, nearly the entire county was a part of the XIT Ranch. The county seat was originally at the town of Tascosa, Texas, which in the 1880s was one of the largest towns in the Panhandle. As the railroads came through the county, however, they bypassed Tascosa; several new towns and farms sprang up along the rail lines, and by 1915 Tascosa had a courthouse and almost no residents; the county seat was moved to Vega that year. Oldham County is primarily ranch and farm land, with many thousands of acres planted in wheat, the major crop. The county also has some petroleum production and large wind farms. In 1902, the Matador Ranch acquired the 210,000 acres (850 km2) Alamositas Ranch in Oldham County. At its peak, the Matador owned 90,000 cattle and had title to 879,000 acres (3,560 km2) of land in parts of four Texas counties.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,501 square miles (3,890 km2), of which 1,501 square miles (3,890 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.06%) is water. A southern strip of the county, including the county seat Vega, is located on top of the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains). The next approximately 12 miles slope down to the Canadian River. The former county seat of Tascosa is located at a crossing of the Canadian River north of Vega. The terrain then slopes up from the Canadian River, passing the county line at approximately 6 miles and reaching the top of the High Plains a further four miles north.

Major highways

  • I-40.svg Interstate 40
  • Business Loop 40.svgUS 66 (historic).svg Business Loop Interstate 40 / U.S. Highway 66
  • US 385.svg U.S. Highway 385
  • Texas 214.svg State Highway 214

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 387
1890 270 −30.2%
1900 349 29.3%
1910 812 132.7%
1920 709 −12.7%
1930 1,404 98.0%
1940 1,385 −1.4%
1950 1,672 20.7%
1960 1,928 15.3%
1970 2,258 17.1%
1980 2,283 1.1%
1990 2,278 −0.2%
2000 2,185 −4.1%
2010 2,052 −6.1%
2020 1,758 −14.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Oldham County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 1,699 1,325 82.80% 75.37%
Black or African American alone (NH) 60 33 2.92% 1.88%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 11 6 0.54% 0.34%
Asian alone (NH) 17 10 0.83% 0.57%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 22 71 1.07% 4.04%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 243 313 11.84% 17.80%
Total 2,052 1,758 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Unincorporated community

Ghost town

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Education

School districts:

  • Adrian Independent School District
  • Boys Ranch Independent School District
  • Channing Independent School District
  • Vega Independent School District
  • Wildorado Independent School District

All of the county is in the service area of Amarillo College.

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