in a Pecan Shell
Both county and city are named for the same
man. Richard Andrews was the first man to die for Texas Independence in 1835.
Wounded in Gonzales on October
2, 1835, he died 26 days later at the battle of Concepción.
was organized in 1876 and named after him and the town of Andrews is the only
incorporated municipality in the county.
According to the Handbook
of Texas, 1908 is the year things got started around a nucleus of just a school
and a general store. The entire population was less than 100 at that time and
few of them lived in the city proper.
The post office was granted in
1909. Shafter Lake was Andrews rival to become
county seat, but Andrews won and Shafter Lake
is now a ghost town. Andrews first courthouse was built in 1911, and replaced
with the 1939 building.
Things stayed quiet until oil was discovered in 1929. That year saw oil discoveries
all over West Texas, but the strikes
were modest compared to other counties.
In 1940 the population had risen
to over 600 - but many were oilmen and their dependents.
a library in 1947 - although it was only space in the courthouse.
Six county school districts were established in
the 1930s, but they were soon consolidated into one. Oil revenue purchased a new
high school after WWII and
a middle school was built in 1954.
The population dipped to 3,300 in
1950 and then rose to just over 11,000 in 1960.
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Andrews County has been in existence since 1876, when the 15th
Legislature of Texas created 54 counties in the Panhandle and South Plains out
of Bexar County. The political control of the county has passed through several
other counties and districts since its inception. On July 22, 1910, the county
records were finally transferred from Midland County to Andrews County, and the
Commissioners Court held its first meeting.
Andrews County's first oil
well blew in December of 1929. By 1956, the County produced more than 60 million
barrels of oil annually - giving us recognition as the number one oil producing
county in the state of Texas and in the United States.
The City of Andrews
was incorporated on February 2, 1937. On June 9, 1959, the citizens of Andrews
adopted a charter with the Council - Manager form of city government. The City
Council meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. The city
continues to operate under this structure serving a current population of 9,652.
In 1961, the Municipal Administration building was constructed at the corner
of N. E. 1st and Logsdon Avenue. The Facility currently houses most of the city
offices including the Municipal Court and the Police Station. Plans are under
way for a new site for the police station. - Debbie Gomez, June 06, 2002
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