Farming & Ranching
The first ranch in Hutchinson County was the Quarter Circle T established by Kansan Thomas Sherman Bugbee in 1876. Other bold pioneers would soon follow looking for the land the vast seas of grass and the freedom that was found living on the Great Plains of Texas.
John and Maggie Weatherly arrived in Hutchinson County in 1898. They filed on 4 sections of land and lived in a stone dugout for 7 years before building a 6 room, 2 story house - one of the first permanent residences in Hutchinson County. It was on land once owned by John and Maggie that Ace Borger built his new town.
Hutchinson County was organized in 1901 and the small settlement of Plemons was named as county seat. For the next 40 years, ranching dominated the county’s economy while farming took a bit longer to become established. As time went by, farmers learned how and what to grow in this challenging climate. The county’s population in 1920 was 721 and grew to almost 15,000 with the oil-boom of the mid 1920’s. The town of Stinnett became the county seat on September 18, 1926.
Farming and ranching continue to play a major role in Hutchinson County’s economy. the work ethic and tenacity of the county’s early pioneers still lives on in the farmers and ranchers of today.
Find out more about the early farmers and ranchers at the Hutchinson County Historical Museum. Plan your visit.
Chow time at the chuck wagon
Cattle round up
Hutchinson County Historical Museum • 618 N. Main Street • Borger, TX 79007 • 806 273 0130
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Saturday 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.