Upton County

Upton county was established in 1910 at Upland, Texas. By the fall of 1911, the railroad was crossing the south survey. F.E. Rankin donated land for a town site, and a new town, Rankin, was born. As the population followed the railroad, Rankin replaced Upland as the county seat in 1921. Upton County is located on the rolling plains of West Texas with the southeast corner extending into the Edwards Plateau. The terrain is part prairie country, mesquite with greasewood, small cedar, catclaw, and cacti. The elevation varies from over 2400 to 3150 feet above sea level.

Recreation in Upton County includes scenic drives, with the established Wind Energy Project, and visits to the famous “Yates Hotel” Museum and the Mendoza Trail Museum. There are ample opportunities for hunting, which include dove, quail, and white-tail and mule deer. County government and oil related jobs make up Upton County’s “industry employment”, in addition to its rich tradition in agriculture. Educational programs of the Texas Agrilife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

Contact Upton County

Raymond Quigg, Jr.
County Extension Agent - Ag
PO Box 7
Rankin, Texas  79778-0007
Phone: 432-693-2313
Fax: 432-693-2137


Service Area

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  • Upton County, Texas

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