Masterson is an unincorporated community in southern Moore County, Texas, United States. It lies along the concurrent U.S. Routes 87 and 287, south of the city of Dumas, thecounty seat of Moore County. Its elevation is 3,704 feet (1,129 m). Although Masterson is unincorporated, it has a post office, with a ZIP code of 79058.
Founded in 1927 as a support community for Canadian River Gas' plant and gas pipelineproducing the Panhandle Field. Masterson was named for Robert Masterson, while the plant, Bivins Compressor station, was named after another Panhandle rancher, Lee Bivins.The community eventually included 32 company houses for families and a hotel for single men. The Bivins Elementary School was built in 1937 and educated children through the eighth grade, after which they attended school in Dumas, Texas. Starting in 1943, helium was extracted from the gas at the Exell Helium Plant, which is located nearby and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The government built 75 houses for employee families. The Masterson post office was established in 1950 and was located in the Exell Store, built in 1948. The compressor station was sold to Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG) Company in 1951. CIG was acquired by the Coastal Corporation in 1973,which then merged with El Paso Corp. in 1999, which was bought by Kinder Morgan in 2011. Starting in 1963, the housing at both the Bivins and the Exell camps was phased out. The Bivins school was closed in 1978. The station was bought by Pioneer Natural Resources in 2002.
The Masterson Post Office was located in the Exell General Store. The building in 2013.
|Coordinates: 35°38′9″N 101°57′37″W|
View of the Bivins School main entrance in 1965.
Bivins School as seen in 1965. The section on the right was added in 1946.
Bivins School, 1965 view from tennis courts. The cafeteria seen in front was added in 1962 while the gymn seen in the background was built in 1954.
Bivins school women's basketball game, date unknown.
Exell Helium Plant, circa 1945, courtesy BLM.
Exell Helium Plant, circa 1980, courtesy BLM.
CIG Bivins Compressor Station and Masterson, Texas, circa early 1960s
Bivins Station, 2013
Exell Helium Plant in 2013
Masterson Historical Marker, 2013