Big Lake, Texas
Big Lake is on State Highway 137, U.S. Highway 67, and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway seven miles north of the Crockett county line in south central Reagan County. In 1905 the Coates family settled on the west side of the water-filled depression called Big Lake, a landmark holding the only fresh water between the Concho rivers and Comanche Springs at Fort Stockton. The Taylor family took up land on the east side of the water. In 1911 T. H. Taylor sold 320 acres of land to the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway of Texas for a townsite and station. The townsite, named for the lake located two miles to the south, was laid out, and a stock pen was built to hold cattle for railroad shipment. A boxcar became the depot, and a hotel with family-style dining was established. The Nairn family opened a grocery store near the tracks, and the Anderson family began a general mercantile store. W. W. Coates and A. H. Garner installed a line from Stiles, the county seat, to Big Lake to give the community telephone service. A public school was started with fifteen students in a small building that later became the Methodist parsonage. The town was ready for the arrival of the railroad. In 1912 the KCM&O built tracks from Mertzon to Girvin by way of Big Lake, and a post office was established. By fall of 1915 forty to fifty people lived in the community.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Julia Cauble Smith | © Texas State Historical Association
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Downtown view of Big Lake Texas, the seat of Reagan County, Texas Photograph credit: Terry Jeansen via TTexasEscapes.com.
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Big Lake by the Numbers
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|2,965||2020||United States Census Bureau|
|3,591||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,936||2010||United States Census Bureau|
|2,885||2000||United States Census Bureau|
|3,672||1990||United States Census Bureau|
|3,404||1980||United States Census Bureau|
|2,489||1970||United States Census Bureau|
|2,668||1960||United States Census Bureau|
|2,152||1950||United States Census Bureau|
|763||1940||United States Census Bureau|
|832||1930||United States Census Bureau|