Big Bend
2010 Census - 3,353
2000 Census - 3,191
Crane, Texas
Crane Texas History:
Crane was named after former Baylor University president William C. Crane. It is the only town in Crane County. The Crane post office was established in 1908. Crane County was organized a year after oil was discovered near the Crane settlement. The oil discovery led to Crane becoming a boom town. O.C. Kinnison platted the townsite and named the streets for his children. Crane is located at the intersection of U.S. 385 and SH 329, 61 miles northwest of Big Lake, 58 miles northwest of Iraan, 32.5 miles northwest of Rankin, 21 miles northwest of McCamey, 62 miles northeast of Fort Stockton, 48 miles southeast of Monahans, 52 miles southwest of Midland, and 32 miles south of Odessa, Texas.
Crane County Courthouse, 1948:
The courthouse was designed by architects Groos, Clift and Ball. A 1958 remodeling changed the exterior to a more modern design. The City of Crane is the only town in the county. The 2010 Crane County census was 4,375. (432) 558-3563. 115 W. 8th Street, Crane, TX 79731. Email    
Museum of the Desert Southwest:
Exhibits depict the history of the town and the county and include Native American, cowboy and Horsehead Crossing artifacts, Castle Gap fossils, and petroleum industry memorabilia. The museum is managed by the Crane County Historical Commission. The museum is open year round, Mon-Fri, 1pm-4pm. It is open May through September, Sat, 9am-12 noon; Sun, 1pm-5pm. 409 S. Gaston Street. (432) 558-2311.
Crane County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, genealogy research, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, Wed, Thu, 9am-5pm; Tue, noon-8pm; Fri, 9am-1pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays. (432) 558-1142. 701 South Alford Street.
My Friend’s Grill:
They serve home cooking and good breakfast burritos. (432) 558-7239. 121 S. Gaston Street. Reviews