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Scurry County
Scurry County Courthouse in Snyder
Scurry County Courthouse in Snyder
Map of Texas highlighting Scurry 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 1884
Named for William Read Scurry
Seat Snyder
Largest city Snyder
Area
 • Total 908 sq mi (2,350 km2)
 • Land 905 sq mi (2,340 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 16,932
 • Density 18.648/sq mi (7.200/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 19th
Scurry County, TX, sign IMG 1758
Scurry County marker

Scurry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 16,932. Its county seat is Snyder, which is the home for Western Texas College. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1884. Scurry County was one of 46 prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas, until a 2006 election approved the sale of beer and wine in Snyder, and a 2008 election approved the sale of liquor by the drink throughout the county.

Scurry County comprises the Snyder, Texas, micropolitan statistical area.

History

"This county, lying directly north of Mitchell County, was created in 1876, and was organized June 28, 1884. It was named for William Read Scurry, lawyer and Confederate Army general. Until 1909 it was without railroad facilities, and the nearest shipping points were Colorado City on the south and still later the railroad towns in Fisher County on the east.

The first railroad was the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway, built from Roscoe on the Texas & Pacific in Nolan County, to Snyder, the county seat of Scurry County, about 1909, and subsequently extended to Fluvanna, also in Scurry County. In 1911, the Texico-Coleman division of the Santa Fe system was built through the county, giving it a trunk line of railway. Development has been particularly rapid during the early 1900s.

Some of the important pioneer facts concerning Scurry County are found in a sketch of W.H. Snyder, after whom the county seat town was named. In 1877 he opened a trading camp in the county, hauling lumber on wagons from Dallas to build his store and also hauling a good portion of his goods from the same place. He used what was known as trail wagons, with seven yoke of oxen to a team, each wagon having a capacity of 50,000 pounds. Mr. Snyder erected a house in Scurry County and began dealing in general merchandise and supplies for buffalo hunters. Other parties moved into the same locality, and that was the beginning of the Town of Snyder.

In 1882, Mr. Snyder laid out the town, and two years later it became the county seat. Snyder has had an enterprising citizenship, and ten years later had an independent school district, four churches, and was an important center for trade.

Its importance has greatly increased since the coming of the railway, and in 1910 its population was 2,154. Other towns have sprung up along the railway, the most important of which is Fluvanna, at the terminus of the Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific, and Hermleigh."

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 908 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 905 square miles (2,340 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • US 180.svg U.S. Highway 180
  • Texas 208.svg State Highway 208
  • Texas 350.svg State Highway 350

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 102
1890 1,415 1,287.3%
1900 4,158 193.9%
1910 10,924 162.7%
1920 9,003 −17.6%
1930 12,188 35.4%
1940 11,545 −5.3%
1950 22,779 97.3%
1960 20,369 −10.6%
1970 15,760 −22.6%
1980 18,192 15.4%
1990 18,634 2.4%
2000 16,361 −12.2%
2010 16,921 3.4%
2020 16,932 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Scurry County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
  White alone (NH) 9,773 8,637 57.76% 51.01%
  Black or African American alone (NH) 764 599 4.52% 3.54%
  Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 47 60 0.28% 0.35%
Asian alone (NH) 48 82 0.28% 0.48%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 2 5 0.01% 0.03%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 12 27 0.07% 0.16%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 126 383 0.74% 2.26%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 6,149 7,139 36.34% 42.16%
Total 16,921 16,932 100.00% 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.

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