kids encyclopedia robot

Ransom Canyon, Texas facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Ransom Canyon
Ransom Canyon water tower
Ransom Canyon water tower
Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Lubbock
Region Llano Estacado
Established 1965
 • Total 0.94 sq mi (2.44 km2)
 • Land 0.79 sq mi (2.04 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.40 km2)
3,104 ft (946 m)
 • Total 1,096
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,428.21/sq mi (551.30/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
ZIP code
79364, 79366
Area code 806
FIPS code 48-60672

Ransom Canyon is a town in Lubbock County of West Texas, United States. The population was 1,096 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The town of Ransom Canyon is located within Yellow House Canyon, at the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado. Yellow House Canyon was carved by the North Fork Double Mountain Fork Brazos River. This stream has been dammed multiple times to form Buffalo Springs Lake and Lake Ransom Canyon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2), of which 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 16.38%, is water.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ransom Canyon has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 561
1990 750 33.7%
2000 1,011 34.8%
2010 1,096 8.4%
2019 (est.) 1,124 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,011 people, 404 households, and 338 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,213.1 people per square mile (470.3/km2). There were 412 housing units at an average density of 494.4/sq mi (191.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.25% White, 0.40% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 2.57% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.85% of the population.

There were 404 households, out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.1% were non-families. 14.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 36.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $78,427, and the median income for a family was $85,944. Males had a median income of $50,000 versus $34,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $45,675. None of the families and 0.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 0.7% of those over 64.

Robert Bruno

Robert Bruno (1945-2008) was a sculptor and inventor who was born in Los Angeles in 1945, Robert grew up in Mexico and the United States before attending Dominican College in Racine, Wisconsin and graduate school at the University of Notre Dame. He moved to Lubbock in 1971 to teach art at Texas Tech University's school of architecture. He started working on The Steel House in 1973, two years after sculpting a similar piece of art, which inspired him to build something bigger to live in. Made of weathering steel and weighing 110 tons on four hollow legs, the 2,200 square foot house on three levels remained uncompleted before his death in 2008. In 1982, he and Patricia Mills founded P&R Surge Systems. Robert, Mark Lawson and Manfred Kaiter started work on Lawson's 460 ton Rock or Stone House in 1991, which was inspired by Casapueblo and the work of Antoni Gaudi.

Popular Culture

On June 25 and 26 of 2013, Ransom Canyon was the site of a Vogue (magazine) fall-fashion photo shoot. Three models, Raquel Zimmermann, Toni Garrn and brother Niklas Garrn, were photographed by Steven Klein in and around Robert Bruno's steel house, sometimes wearing Google Glass. Photographs appear in the September 2013 issue of Vogue.

The Steel House was featured on an episode of Texas Country Reporter with Bob Phillips shortly before Bruno's death.


Ransom Canyon is served by the Roosevelt and Slaton Independent School Districts.

Women's History Month on Kiddle
Women Scientists of Antiquity
Mary the Jewess
kids search engine
Ransom Canyon, Texas Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.