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Statistics & Facts

The Texas state capital is Austin.
The population of Barstow is approximately 390 (2006), 349 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 175 (2000), 143 (2010).
The amount of land area in Barstow is 1.735 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Barstow is 0.67 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Barstow to Washington DC is 1622 miles.
The distance to the Texas state capital is 347 miles. (as the crow flies)
Barstow is positioned 31.46 degrees north of the equator and 103.39 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Barstow elevation is 2,566 feet above sea level.
Barstow per capita income is $ 7,642 (2000).


in western Texas about 76 miles from Odessa and about 209 miles from El Paso. Other nearby communities include Lindsay, Pyote, Wink, Coyanosa, Wickett, Mentone and Toyah.
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History & History Related Items

Barstow was founded in 1892 by its namesake, George E. Barstow. He came here from Rhode Island. Since he was quite an expert on irrigation, he bagan to implement his ideas and knowledge in the area. The courthouse was built in 1893. Irrigation in the area began to bring more crops of fruit and vegetables. When the Pecos River dam broke in 1904 and droughts followed for a number of year, the farming industry basically fell apart. By 1918, farming was mostly just a memory. At one time, Barstow was the Ward County Seat.

The red sandstone courthouse was built in 1893 with local rock. The county seat was moved to Monahans in 1938. Barstow is one of the rare towns in Texas where the founder/ namesake is buried in the local cemetery. George E. Barstow was an interesting man who came to Texas from Rhode Island (via New York) and was one of the leading world experts on irrigation. The town was organized in 1892 and the courthouse built the following year.

Here are some great pictures of historic Barstow and present-day. Handbook of Texas Online history page for Barstow.
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Barstow Schools

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District
1302 South Park Street
Pecos, Texas 79772
Phone: 432-447-7201 Barstow


The population of Barstow was:
1900 - 1,103
1910 - 1,219
1925 - 490
1930 - 468
1955 - 683
1982 - 637
1990 - 535
2000 - 406
2006 - 390

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 210
2000 - 175

Median age:
2000 - 40.3 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 15,000
2005 - $ 16,300

Median house value:
2000 - $ 12,400
2005 - $ 14,700

Barstow is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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