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County
Borden
Region
Panhandle Plains
Population
2010 Census - 231
2000 Census - 189
Nearby
Towns
Gail, Texas
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Gail Texas History:
Gail, the only town in Borden County, was established as the county seat of the newly formed Borden County in 1891. Both the county and town were named after Gail Borden, the inventor of condensed milk. Farming and ranching are the main industries. Gail is located at the intersection of U.S. 180 and FM 669, 113 miles northwest of Abilene, 56 miles northwest of Colorado City, 31 miles northwest of Snyder, 41 miles north of Big Spring, 80 miles northeast of Midland, 60.1 miles northeast of Stanton, 31.7 miles northeast of Lamesa, 46.8 miles southeast of Tahoka, and 32 miles south of Post, Texas.
 
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52 county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and the Plains Region. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle. The most northern town is Lipscomb, Texas. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a non-profit historical organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization raises money through donations for use in preserving historical sites, creating new and improving existing museums, and creating heritage trails. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas, is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured by the Noconi Comanche during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanche, married Comanche Chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Lawrence S. Ross, a future Governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great Chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s biggest projects is the Quanah Parker Arrow Trail.  When completed, giant Quanah Parker Arrows will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow has a plaque giving pertinent historical information.  (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email   Texas Plains Trail Map
 
Borden County AgriLife Extension Office:
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offices are responsible for 4-H and youth programs, agriculture and natural programs, family and consumer science, and community development. They also have hunting information. They manage head start, senior citizen, home economics, agriculture, 4-H and other programs. If your tomatoes have blight, contact them. If you need to know something regarding a small town, contact them.(806) 756-4336. 140 East Wilbourne Street, Gail, Texas 79738. Email 
 
Borden County Courthouse, 1939:
The brick courthouse was designed in modern style by David S. Castle Co. The 2010 Borden County census was 641. 

Borden County Jail, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Built of hand-hewn native stone from Gail Mountain, this jail planned for maximum security. It is one of the oldest jails in use in West Texas. Diebold Safe and Lock Co. were awarded the $4,500 contract in 1896. Behind two-foot thick outside walls, the cell walls and floor are of 1/3 inch case hardened steel plates, impervious to hack saw blades. Doors fastened with huge hasps and padlocks opened by six-inch key.” The jail is built of stone quarried from a nearby mesa.  
 
Borden County Museum Community Organization:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of the area, a children’s museum, Dorwood Drug Store Exhibits, and a nature center. Open the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am-2pm, and by appointment. The museum is located on U.S. 180 at FM 669, adjacent to the Borden County courthouse. (806) 756-4312. Email 
  
Borden County Birding:
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Borden County Bird Checklist with Photos
 
Cedar Lake:
The lake is located north off U.S. 180, west of Lamesa. Fish Stocking History
 
Colorado River:
The Colorado River is the largest of the rivers that exist wholly in Texas. The river rises in intermittent draws in northeastern Dawson County and flows generally southeastward for 600 miles before it bends to the east across southern Burnet County and continues its southeastern course across Travis, Bastrop, Payette, Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda Counties to its mouth on Matagorda Bay near Palacios, Texas. Major towns on its route include Austin, Lamesa, Colorado City, Robert Lee, Ballinger, Paint Rock, Marble Falls, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange, Columbus, Wharton, Bay City and Matagorda. Important reservoirs (lakes) on the Colorado include Lake J.B. Thomas, E.V. Spence Reservoir, Buchanan Lake, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin; the latter 7 lakes are known as the Highland Lakes. Early in the 19th century the river’s slow current caused the formation of a raft, or a log jam, which gradually grew upstream so that the river was navigable in 1839 for only ten miles above its mouth. By 1858 the situation in Matagorda and Wharton counties had become so bad that the state appropriated funds for the construction of a new channel around the raft; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the channel in the mid-1800s, but it was not maintained so the raft filled it up. After the Civil War the Colorado ceased to be a factor in transportation. The delta that developed after removal of the log jam in 1925, reached across Matagorda Bay as far as Matagorda Peninsula by 1936. In 1936 a channel was dredged through the new delta from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Matagorda, thus forcing the river to deposit its flotsam and sediment directly into the Gulf. With the removal of the raft, the seaport town of Matagorda gradually became landlocked. The present Caney Creek channel was the original channel of the Colorado River until approximately a thousand years ago. The Lower, Central, and Upper Colorado River Authorities are the three agencies that oversee the conservation of and use of the Colorado River. Fish Stocking History     
 
Alan Henry Reservoir, 2880 Surface Acres, Justiceburg, TX:
This 2,880 surface acre lake was impounded on the Double Fork of the Brazos River in 1993. The lake has a maximum depth of 100 feet. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel and flathead catfish, and white crappie. Lake maps are available from area retail stores. Public access is available at Sam Wahl Recreation Area. Park amenities include unimproved RV and tent campsites, restrooms, a four lane boat ramp with parking for 100 vehicles, an excellent fishing dock, and a fishing pier. Campsites with hookups are available across the road from the entrance at Grubbs Bait and Grill. Because of the steep shoreline, access to bank fishing at Sam Wahl is limited. Open year round; boat launch fee applies. The lake and recreation area are managed by the City of Lubbock. (806) 629-4430. 3096 Lake Alan Henry Road, Justiceburg, Texas 79330. The lake is located 4 miles east of Justiceburg. From U.S. 84 at Justiceburg, drive 4 miles east on FM 2458. Continue straight to FM 3159 and follow it 3 miles to the entrance of the Recreation Area. The lake is located 46 miles northeast of Gail via Post, Texas. Lake Facilities Map  Justiceburg Map; Click to Enlarge  Area Map  Lake Records  Stocking History  Current Fishing Report
 
Big Spring State Park Information:
This 382 acre park is located within the city limits of Big Spring in Howard County, Texas. The park was deeded to TPWD in 1934-1935. It was developed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and opened to the public in 1936. The CCC built the restrooms, pavilion, headquarters building, residence, the pump house, and the 3 mile drive that loops around Scenic Mountain. The drive’s retaining walls are built out of large blocks of limestone. In the past, Comanche and other Indian tribes visited the park because of the spring waters. Wildlife includes cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, horned lizards, ground squirrels, roadrunners, and a small prairie dog town (on the south side of the park). A larger prairie dog town exists at the nearby Big Spring Municipal Airport. Birds are numerous near the ponds. A Sandhill Crane Sanctuary is located within the park. The 200 foot high Scenic Mountain is a main attraction because the mountain top provides a stunning view of the surrounding countryside. The winding mountain road is popular with walkers, joggers, and bikers. The park is a popular site for stargazing. Park admission is free. Park camping fees apply.For more complete park information, watch the Park Video. From Big Spring and IH-20 East, take Business 20 exit #174 east. Turn right on FM 700; the park is located on the right. From IH-20 West, take exit 181A; the park will be on the left. From U.S. 87, follow the brown signs and turn onto FM 700.
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
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