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McCAMEY, TEXAS

Upton County, West Texas
Hwys 67 & 385
53 miles S of Odessa
46 miles E of Ft. Stockton (I-10)

Population:1,805 (2000) 2,493 (1990)

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McCamey Texas road sign

McCamey Sign
Photo courtesy James Rowland, 2004
McCamey has recently commemorated the 75th anniversary of its founding with some charming murals and signs designating the locations of the buildings/ businesses portrayed in the murals. Judging by the murals, a good portion of McCamey has been razed.
McCamey  mural
Welcome to McCamey
L-Mural of McCamey (detail) R-Welcome to McCamey. TE photos
The town sprang to life when a well was drilled by George McCamey in 1925. Within six months, the population went from a handful of people to 10,000. An attempt was made to capture oil in a huge reservoir, but failed. McCamey then built the first oil refinery in West Texas.

McCamey has windmills just to the SE of town. Not the common West Texas windmills used to fill stock tanks, but huge modern blades that generate electricity. McCamey thinks enough of these to include them on their welcome sign.
McCamey Badgers, McCamey Texas water tower
McCamey water tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2006
McCamey Texas closed drive in theater
A closed drive-in in McCamey
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2006
Caged jail in McCamey Texas
Cage jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2006

McCamey Attractions

  • Mendoza Trail Museum : The old Santa Fe Depot is here and so are relics ranging from prehistory to the oil boom that turned McCamey into a town. Juan Dominguez Mendoza was a Spanish explorer.
  • Santa Fe Park : Shady spot at the town's eastern city limit.

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  • Pumpjack
    A pumpjack in McCamey
    Photo courtesy James Rowland, 2004

    McCamey Stories

  • Pansy by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" column)
    Following the 1925 discovery of shallow oil in what became the Yates Field, McCamey grew from just a name printed on a plat to a town of 10,000 by September 1926. With money flowing almost as freely as gushing crude, Pansy’s circus troupe arrived and set up its big top at the edge of town...
  • McCamey Texas Forum
  • I was reading the article on Girvin, Texas. I grew up in McCamey and my dad worked at the Rio Pecos power plant which was owned by West Texas Utilities Co. When I graduated high school in 1970 I too started working at the plant. Part of my job was to go to Girvin each day to Helmer’s store (next to the Girvin Social Club in the pictures), and get the mail. At that time it was the gas station, grocery store and post office. The social club was then a café. I ate lots of hamburgers and chili there for lunch. I understand now that the power plant has been shut down. As the years go by it seems that another part of my life disappears. Thank you for helping keep those memories alive. - Gary Staggs, Little Rock, Arkansas, August 23, 2005

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