Big Lake in Reagan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Town of Texon
Texon, first company town in the Permian Basin, was founded in 1924 by Big Lake Oil Company. Levi Smith, president of the firm, planned and supervised building of the town, and Ted Williams served as City Manager for the company. Texon had stores, shops, a school, a physician, a dentist, a hospital, a theater, a park, a well-known baseball team, and many facilities for recreation. The post office opened in 1926. As many as 2000 people lived here - boosters claimed up to 10,000 - manning the drilling, a gasoline plant, an oil treating plant, and other operations. Plymouth Oil Company absorbed Big Lake Oil Company, then sold out to Marathon Oil Company. The company town closed in 1962.
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1625.)
Location. 31° 13.492′ N, 101° 41.374′ W. Marker is in Big Lake, Texas, in Reagan County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 1675 half a mile south of U.S. 67, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Lake TX 76932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Rita No. 1 (approx. half a mile away); Upton County (approx. 9.1 miles away); Rankin (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Texon, Texas. A very interesting website with photos and comments from former residents of the company town. (Submitted on August 26, 2010.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. This page has been viewed 558 times since then and 18 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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