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OZONA, TEXAS

"The Many Layers of Ozona"

Crockett County Seat, West Texas

I-10 and Hwy 163
37 miles West of Sonora
204 miles from San Antonio
344 miles from El Paso
Population: 3263 (2010) 3436 (2000)

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History on a Pecan Shell

Ozona is unincorporated. It was once called Powell's Well after the surveyor who donated land to built the courthouse, school and municipal buildings. The town of Emerald had been considered for the county seat.

The town dates from 1891 and has withstood a fire in the 20s and a flood in 1954 that washed away half of the houses in the city.

"Named for David Crockett, the county had existed on paper since 1875, first attached for judicial purposes to Kinney County and by 1885 to Val Verde County. Finally, on July 7, 1891, Crockett County's all-male electorate cast ballots for the first time. Residents voted in the county's first office holders. But more important for posterity's sake, they picked the county seat..." more (From Eureka by Mike Cox "Texas Tales" Column)
Crockett County courthouse
View of the square and the courthouse
Photo Courtesy Jason Penney

Ozona Landmarks

The shadiness of Ozona is a welcome surprise as is the remarkable architecture for a town of 3,200. Like Honey Grove, Texas, locally quarried limestone and good architects have left an enduring legacy.

The Ozona Hotel is used as a haunted hotel for Halloween.
TX Crockett County Courthouse
Crockett County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2011
Davidson Memorial Gymnsium
Davidson Memorial Gymnasium
c. 1931
A fine example of Regional Romanesque Architecture.
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Ozona High School by Oscar Ruffini

The Ozona High School
c. 1912
Designed by Oscar Ruffini
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Ozona National Bank building
The Ozona National Bank
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"The Ties that Bind" statue
Monuments
The shady square has two sculptures, one of the county's namesake, Davy Crockett (in stone) and one of a pioneer family (in bronze).

"The Tie that Binds" by Judy Black (Detail)
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Davy Crockett monument
Davy Crockett
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Across the street from the Crockett County Museum is the West Texas Utility Building, a simple but elegant building that exhibits traces of the Pueblo Revival Style of Architecture.

Other examples of this style in West Texas are the Paisano Hotel in Marfa and the former El Capitan Hotel in Van Horn.
Pueblo Revival style achitecture
West Texas Utility Building
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Crockett County Museum
Crockett County Museum
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More Ozona Attractions

  • Murals on the Square by Alfredo Tobar >
  • Fort Lancaster State Historic Site >
    33 miles west on Hwy 290
  • Scenic Drive
    (Take I-10 west to) Lancaster Hill, US 290
  • Ozona Tourist Information
    Ozona Chamber of Commerce - 325-392-3737

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