Ozona is a census-designated place (CDP) in and thecounty seat of Crockett County, Texas, United States.The population was 3,225 at the 2010 census. It is the only Census Bureau-recognized community in Crockett County, which is named for Colonel Davy Crockett, a hero of the Alamo.
Ozona is called the "Biggest Little Town in the World." It is located on Interstate 10 some 82 miles southwest ofSan Angelo. Crockett County is one of the nation's leading producers of wool and mohair. It is situated in the Edwards Plateau region in the western edge of the Texas Hill Country. Hunters come to Ozona in search of white-tailed deer, javelina, and game birds.
The county was organized in 1891 under a giant oak tree, which still stands and shades the historical marker describing the event. The Davy Crockett Monument is a large statue in the City Park on the town square. Across from the monument is the Crockett County Museum.
Ozona was known as Powell Well, after land surveyor E.M. Powell, when it was founded in 1891. In 1897, it was renamed Ozona for the high quantity of its open air, or "ozone". A flood in 1954 killed 16 people and destroyed about half of the homes in the town.
Texas also has a "Heritage Appreciation Monument" which honors pioneer families who came to settle the land. The three-story Crockett County Museum at 404 11th St. features ablacksmith shop, ranching artifacts, and a wool/mohair room. A scenic drive from Ozona to Lancaster Hill, west on Texas State Highway 290, provides a panoramic view of the Pecos River Valley.
Crockett County Museum is adjacent to theCrockett County Courthouse.
|Motto: "The Biggest Little Town in the World"|
Location of Ozona, Texas
|Coordinates: 30°42′32″N 101°12′15″W|
Ozona is located at (30.708972, -101.204069). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km2), all land.
In the Criminal Minds season 2 episode "Boogeyman", the BAU goes to Ozona, Texas, during a murder investigation involving a boy who was killed in the woods on the outskirts of Ozona.
The British rock band Goldrush recorded an album called Ozona, based on their experiences when their tour bus broke down in the town.
In Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses, John Grady Cole is held in Ozona after the horses (Redbo, Junior, and Blevins' horse) are impounded after three men swear they have paperwork confirming ownership of the animals. He is eventually given the horses after John Grady tells the story of the plot to the local judge. In the film adaption of the novel, the hearing takes place in another town.
New Orleans jazzrock trio Royal Fingerbowl featured a song called "Ozona, TX" on their 1997 album 'Happy Birthday, Sabo about a hallucinating, dying cowboy.