Borger

Borger, Texas

Borger, Texas

Image of an oil refinery in the city of Borger, one of the largest cities in Hutchinson County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Borger, at the junction of State highways 136, 152, and 207, in south central Hutchinson County, was established by and named for A. P. (Ace) Borger, who was reputed throughout Oklahoma and Texas to be a shrewd town promoter. In March 1926, after the discovery of oil in the vicinity, Borger and his partner, attorney John R. Miller, purchased a 240-acre townsite near the Canadian River in the southern part of the county. Within ninety days of its founding, sensational advertising and the lure of "black gold" brought over 45,000 men and women to the new boomtown. In October the charter incorporating the city of Borger was adopted, and Miller was elected mayor. By that time the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway had completed a spur line to Borger, a post office had opened, and a school district had been established. J. D. (Big Heart) Williams set up the first hamburger stand in Borger on the three-mile-long Main Street, where a hotel and a jail had also been erected. Telephone service and steam-generated electricity were available by the end of 1926. Before wells were drilled, drinking water was provided in tank wagons. The ranchers John R. Weatherly and James A. Whittenburg, hoping to cash in on the boom, established two rival townsites, Isom and Dixon Creek, next to that of Borger. Later these were incorporated into the Borger city limits, as was the oil camp of Signal Hill to the northeast. In November 1927 a fire destroyed the Dixon Creek Oil Company refinery, causing more than $60,000 worth of damage. One noted visitor to Borger during this time was the artist Thomas Hart Benton, whose painting Boom Town depicts his impression of Borger's Main Street.

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.

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Borger is classified as a Town

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  • Latitude
    35.65985420
    Longitude
    -101.40110000

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Population Counts

Borger
Pop. Year Source
12,551 2020 United States Census Bureau
12,510 2018 Texas Demographic Center
13,251 2010 United States Census Bureau
14,302 2000 United States Census Bureau
15,675 1990 United States Census Bureau
15,837 1980 United States Census Bureau
14,195 1970 United States Census Bureau
20,911 1960 United States Census Bureau
18,059 1950 United States Census Bureau
10,018 1940 United States Census Bureau
6,532 1930 United States Census Bureau