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Borger, Texas

Borger, Texas
Downtown Borger
Nickname(s): Smokey City

Location of Borger, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Hutchinson
 • Mayor Robert Vinyard
 • Total 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 • Land 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,077 ft (938 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,251
 • Density 1,637.9/sq mi (632.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 79007-79008
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-09556[1]
GNIS feature ID 1352700[2]
Borger City Hall
An oil refinery in Borger

Borger is the largest Stinnett and several other small towns in Texas and Oklahoma.


  • History 1
  • Politics 2
  • Geography and climate 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Entertainment 5
    • Movie theaters 5.1
    • Bowling 5.2
    • Sports 5.3
  • Education 6
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The first Panhandle oil well was drilled in the Borger area on May 2, 1921, on the 6666 (the "Four Sixes") Ranch of S.B. Burnett. The strike was of a poor quality, and later wells in Borger and

  • Official City Website
  • Borger News Herald
  • Borger Independent School District
  • - from Texasescapes.comIsom, Texas, A Panhandle Ghost Town
  • Phillips 66 Refinery in Borger
  • Emy Coligado at the Internet Movie Database

External links

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ Texas Historical Commission, historical markers, State Highway 207 south of Borger, 1993
  4. ^ Isom Texas, Texas Panhandle Ghost Town.
  5. ^ a b "Texas Snowfall and Snow Depth Extremes Table". National Climatic Data Center (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1969, pp. 909–910; 1977, pp. 65–66; 1985, pp. 65–66; 1993, pp. 100–101:
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ "Borger (city), Texas". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data".  
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "William Jackson Adkins". Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  13. ^


  • [12]
  • Donny Anderson – NFL player
  • Arian Archer – Miss Texas 1994, Top 10 Semi-finalist at Miss America 1995
  • A. P. (Ace) Borger – community founder
  • Darlene Cates – American actress
  • Emy Coligado – American actress
  • Mike Conaway – Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th District (which does not include Borger)
  • Bill Dees – Co-wrote song "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "It's Over"
  • Stan Hansen – Retired professional wrestler
  • Tony Hillerman – Author of the Navajo Mysteries, Borger News-Herald Reporter (1948)
  • George P. Shultz
  • G. William Miller – Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • W. Winfred Moore – Baptist clergyman
  • Gerald Myers – Texas Tech University Basketball Coach (1970–1991), previous athletic director
  • Mike Rawlings – 61st Mayor of Dallas[13]
  • Kel Seliger – Member of the Texas State Senate from the 31st district

Notable people

There are also some three thousand students in Borger at the community college, Frank Phillips College.

Education in the city in secondary and primary education is almost entirely conducted by the Borger Independent School District, with 2,800 students on six campuses (Paul Belton Early Childhood Center, Crockett and Gateway Elementary, Borger Intermediate School, Borger Middle School, and Borger High School). A private school, Cornerstone Christian Academy, is also in Borger, with over 40 students on campus - an all-time high since it opened its doors in 1990. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church operated a Catholic school for many years, but it has been closed since the early 1990s.


Names In Borger Sports.
  • Frank Phillips Jr College
  • Borger High School Bulldogs
  • Gene Mayfield (Bulldogs Head Football Coach 1958–1964) In 1962 Borger Bulldogs lost 30-26 to San Antonio Brackenridge in the 4A state championship game.
  • Tex Hanna - Borger High School basketball coach (414 wins, 111 losses). Member of Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Duane Hunt - Borger High School basketball coach 1967 - 1989 (507 wins, 206 losses) Inducted into Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.
School Sports
  • West Texas-New Mexico League
  • Frank Phillips Junior College


  • Wildcatters


  • The Morley
  • D2 Theater/3D theater.

Movie theaters


The median income for a household in the city was $34,653, and the median income for a family was $40,417. Males had a median income of $39,207 versus $19,654 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,869. About 9.7% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

There were 5,591 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 26.5% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 3.204.

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 13,251 people, 5,591 households, and 3,997 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,637.9 people per square mile (632.5/km²). There were 6,462 housing units at an average density of 740.1 per square mile (285.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.6% White, 3.6% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.36% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.70% of the population.

The Morley Theater in downtown Borger
"Freedom Is Never Free" says the bench at the Borger Veterans Monument.


Climate data for Borger, Texas (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 51.0
Average low °F (°C) 25.3
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.74
Average snowfall inches (cm) 5.2
Source: NOAA[9]

[8] According to the

Geography and climate

In the 2008 presidential election, Hutchinson County cast 7,361 votes for John McCain and 1,322 for Barack Obama.[7]

In the 2008 presidential primaries, Hutchinson County cast 3,170 votes in the Republican race and 1,538 in the Democratic contest. In the United States Senate primary, 2,875 votes were cast in the Republican primary, largely for incumbent Senator John Cornyn, and 1,211 votes were cast in the Democratic portion of the ballot.[7]

Borger and Hutchinson County are among the strongest Republican voting districts in Texas and the nation, having cast GOP ballots at the presidential level in all elections for more than a half century. Even Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, who was swamped nationally and in Texas by native son Lyndon B. Johnson, won Hutchinson County, 5,358 to 4,625. In 1984, Ronald W. Reagan carried 9,078 votes in Hutchinson County to only 2,052 for the Democrat Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota. In 1996, Robert J. Dole of Kansas polled 6,350 votes in Hutchinson County to 2,553 for incumbent President Bill Clinton. H. Ross Perot, the Dallas industrialist, received 864 votes. The only Democrat since Lyndon Johnson to exceed 3,600 votes in Hutchinson County was Jimmy Carter in 1976, but Gerald R. Ford handily defeated him in the county.[6]


During the winter of 1982-1983, Borger received a total of 58.7 inches of snow.[5] This is the most snow that any Texas town has ever received during the same winter season.[5]

The town has the dubious distinction of being the oldest of the townsites annexed by Borger.[4]

Although the town had a railroad depot, several oil-well supply warehouses and no shortage of would-be citizens, a petition signed by 1,200 residents in early December declared Borger the winner. Isom's school merged with Borger's schools, driving the last stake into Isom.

Isom was platted with all lots south of First Street being Isom, Texas, and all streets north in Borger. From June to December 1926, the towns were rivals.

The Weatherlys lost interest in the town they founded and moved to the nearby town of Panhandle in 1922. But they wisely retained ownership of all that was Isom. When oil was discovered in early 1926, Weatherly returned and moved the town to the oilfield spur of the railroad near Borger.

The Hutchinson County Historical Museum, also known as Boomtown Revisited, is located in downtown Borger.

In 1900 Weatherly opened a store in his ranchhouse which also became the first post office. Mrs. Weatherly opened a cafe and the community had a school opened by 1907. In October 1919, the mail was diverted through Plemons and the Isom post office closed.

The original townsite is said to have been founded around 1898 by John F. Weatherly, a rancher who built a dugout and gave the future town the grandiose name of Granada. Weatherly's wife wanted it named after her former home - a town in West Virginia called Isom.

Today, Borger remains an important shipping point for agricultural produce as well as for the petroleum products produced there. Borger is the home of the world’s largest inland petrochemical complexes, Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company which produces Sid Richardson Carbon Company, which produces rubber grade carbon black and is used to strengthen rubber tires, and Degussa Engineered Carbons, Inc., which produces a variety of carbon blacks at its Borger facility.

The Lake Meredith also added to the town's economy as an important recreational area.

In the months that followed, oilmen, Texas Governor Dan Moody sent a force of Texas Rangers to rein in the town. The Texas Rangers were led by Captains Frank Hamer and Thomas R. Hickman. (Hamer would go on to later fame and even infamy as the man who killed Bonnie and Clyde.)

Ace Borger and his business partner John R. Miller purchased a 240-acre (0.97 km2) townsite near the Boomtown".


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