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White Deer, Texas
Downtown White Deer
Downtown White Deer
Location of White Deer, Texas
Location of White Deer, Texas
Carson County WhiteDeer.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Carson
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,366 ft (1,026 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,000
 • Density 575/sq mi (221.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79097
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-78316
GNIS feature ID 1371364

White Deer is a town in Carson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,000 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.


White Deer is located at 35°25′52″N 101°10′33″W / 35.431015°N 101.175749°W / 35.431015; -101.175749. It is situated along U.S. Highway 60 in east central Carson County, 13 miles (21 km) northeast of Panhandle, the Carson County seat, and 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Amarillo.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2), all of it land.


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


The community was first settled around 1882, when the British-owned Francklyn Land and Cattle Company, later reorganized as the White Deer Land Company, occupied the area and began stocking it with cattle. George Tyng, general manager of the property, built the headquarters for White Deer or Diamond F Ranch at the site in 1887. Around the same time, the Purcell Company purchased land in the vicinity as a right-of-way for the Southern Kansas Railway of Texas. A depot was built in 1888. The site was initially known as "Paton" (after John Paton), then "Whig", before being renamed White Deer in January 1899 – after nearby White Deer Creek. During the 1890s, British shareholders began selling land for small farms and ranches to settlers. The community moved to its present location near the railroad line in 1908. A year later, Henry Czerner and Ben Urbanczyk established a community of Polish farmers from central Texas at the northeastern edge of town. There were approximately 50 people living in White Deer by 1910.

The discovery of oil and gas in Carson County in 1919 brought growth to White Deer and the surrounding area. The community incorporated in 1921, and the population had risen to 200 by the mid-1920s. At the peak of the oil boom in the late 1920s, White Deer was home to nearly 3,000 people. Soon after, the city experienced a period of decline. A disastrous fire in 1931, the negative economic impact of the Great Depression, as well as tornadoes in 1945 and 1951 were all contributing factors in White Deer's decline. In the late 1950s, the town became a shipping point for grain and cattle produced in the area. By 1980, the population was 1,210. That figure decreased to 1,125 in 1990 and 1,060 in 2000.

A statue of a white deer stands on a concrete pedestal in the middle of the town's main intersection. At its base is a historical marker, erected in 1965, that commemorates the town's rich history.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,010
1940 733 −27.4%
1950 629 −14.2%
1960 1,057 68.0%
1970 1,092 3.3%
1980 1,210 10.8%
1990 1,125 −7.0%
2000 1,060 −5.8%
2010 1,000 −5.7%
Est. 2015 966 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,060 people, 425 households, and 311 families residing in the town. The population density was 608.0 people per square mile (235.2/km2). There were 490 housing units at an average density of 281.1 per square mile (108.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.32% White, 0.85% Native American, 1.79% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.28% of the population.

There were 425 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

Estimated median household income in 2007: $51,548 (it was $36,953 in 2000. Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $88,886 (it was $48,400 in 2000. Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $87,280; Detached houses: $87,800; Townhouses or other attached units: $61,183; Mobile homes: $36,214; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $12,500.


White Deer-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Texas state average. It is 118% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/8/1995, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.7 miles away from the White Deer town center injured 7 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/27/1992, a category 4 tornado 22.0 miles away from the town center injured 7 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

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