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Well known for its oil and gas production, Kermit was originally founded by ranchers needing a supply hub in an isolated area of West Texas. An 1876 campaign by Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie helped rid the area of Comanche Indians, and prompted by the state's policy for free use of its land, ranchers quickly moved in. This population growth resulted in the establishment of Winkler County in 1887. Competition between nearby towns for the title of county seat lasted until 1910, when Kermit's offer of free lots won it the designation. Though the town later experienced a drought, which severely crippled the population, the discovery of oil on ranchland owned by Thomas G. and Ada Hendrick in 1926 helped the town boom. Today Kermit's economy is sustained by ranching and oil and gas production.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531656355
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/25/2011
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Author Kaysie L. Sabella, along with her grandparents Kenneth and Betty Edwards, has interviewed community members and sifted through years of family images in an effort to preserve these images for future generations. The images for this book have been gathered from the personal collections of the Edwards family and many other Kermit residents, as well as from individual members of the Winkler County Historical Society, who share a common goal of preservation of local heritage.

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