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POTTER COUNTY, TEXAS

35 24' 0" N, 101 53' 24" W (35.4, -101.89)
Population: 120,832 est. (2016) 121,073 (2010)
Total area: 922 square miles (2,390 km2)
908 square miles (2,350 km2) land
14 square miles (36 km2) water

Potter County Topics

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    Contiguous Counties:
    Moore County (N) Carson County (E) Randall County (S) Oldham County (W) Deaf Smith County (SW) Armstrong County (SE) Hartley County (NW) Hutchinson County (NE)

    Potter County History

    Historical Marker (on courthouse grounds) :

    Establishing of Potter County
    Named for Robert Potter, Secretary of the Navy (1836) and Senator (1840-42) of the Republic of Texas. In territory ranged by Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, and Kiowa Indians, and since 1600 familiar to Spanish military parties and French traders. On established routes of the Great Spanish Road from Santa Fe to San Antonio (1786) and the Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail of 1840 which was followed in 1849 by California gold seekers. Although still uninhabited, the county was created in 1876 by Texas Legislature. The years 1874-78 saw Indians expelled and buffalo replaced by longhorns. In 1877 the famous LX Ranch was established, with headquarters 20 miles north of this site. The Frying Pan, first large ranch fenced with barbed wire, in 1881 built its headquarters 16 miles to the west. Railroad construction across the Texas Panhandle made local government desirable. LX and Frying Pan cowboys were the electors who voted on Aug. 30, 1887, to organize Potter County. This county was discovery site (1918) of the vast Panhandle-Hugoton Gas Field. It is noted as location of Alibates National Monument (established 1965), an aboriginal flint quarry, with ruins of prehistoric Indian villages inhabited as early as 10,000 B.C.

    (1970).


    1936 Centennial Marker - Marker Text:

    Potter County
    Formed from Young and Bexar Territories;
    Created August 21, 1876;
    Organized August 30, 1887;
    Named in Honor of Robert Potter 1800-1842; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Secretary of the Navy; Senator in the Texas Congress, 1840;
    Amarillo, County Seat

    Potter County Courthouse
    Texas - Potter County Courthouse
    Potter County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Potter County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Amarillo
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    Potter County Vintage Maps
    Potter County TX 1907 postal map
    Potter County 1907 postal map
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Potter County 1920s Map
    Potter County 1920s map
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Potter County 1940s Map
    Potter County 1940s map
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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