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Physical Features: West Texas county; broken land, Caprock in northwest; sandy, chocolate, red soils; drains to Croton, Duck creeks.
Economy: Agriculture, government services/prison unit, hunting leases, wind farms.
History: Comanches driven out by U.S. Army 1874-75. Ranching and some farming began in late 1880s. County created 1876, from Bexar District; organized 1891; named for Alamo hero who is variously listed as James R. Demkins or Dimpkins and J. Dickens.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 63.2; Black, 5.7; Hispanic, 29.6; Asian, 1.0; Other, 4.1.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 18; deaths, 24; marriages, 15; divorces, 7.
Recreation: Hunting, fishing; Soldiers Mound site, Dickens Springs; downtown Spur.
Minerals: Oil, gas.
Agriculture: Cattle, horses, cotton, hay, small grains. Some irrigation. Market value $18.5 million. Hunting leases important.
DICKENS (287) county seat, market for ranching country.
SPUR (1,365) agribusiness and shipping center, oil and gas, state prison; homecoming in October.
Wind farm, McAdoo. Photo by Robert Plocheck.