Roscoe is a town near the intersection of Interstate 20 and US Highway 84 in Nolan County in the U.S. state ofTexas. The Union Pacific Railroad passes through the center of town. Another rail line, the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway (RS&P), used to extend 50 miles (80 km) from Roscoe to Fluvanna, passing through Snyder, Texas. Built in 1908, the railway served as a bridge between the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the Texas and Pacific Railway. Although the RS&P became one of the most profitable short lines in the nation during its early years, passenger service was discontinued in 1953, freight service was discontinued in the late 1970s, and the tracks were removed in 1984. Roscoe is now home to the Plowboy Mudbog which is held twice a year. During the Independence Day Celebration, which is held on July 4 weekend, and in October usually coinciding with the Wind Festival. The July mudbog normally draws in around 70 to 80 trucks competing for prize and bragging rights.
Plowboy grain elevator in Roscoe
|Coordinates: 32°26′45″N 100°32′19″W|
Roscoe is located at (32.4459520 -100.5387184).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land. The population was 1,378 at the 2000 census, but has since decreased to only 900.
The Roscoe Wind Farm owned and operated by E.ON Climate & Renewables is one of the world's largest capacity wind farms with 634 wind turbines and a total installed capacity of 781.5 MW. At the time of its completion, it was the largest wind farm in the world, surpassing the nearby 735.5 MW Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center. In 2012, it was overtaken by California's 1,020 MW Alta Wind Energy Center. The project cost more than $1 billion and provides enough power for more than 250,000 average Texan homes. A landowner can earn between $500 and $1,000 per windmill per year.
The City of Roscoe is served by the Roscoe Independent School District (ISD). The recent wind development in the area has enabled Roscoe ISD to update its aging facilities built in the era of the Works Progress Administration. In the 2012–13 school year, all of the district's students will be in new or updated buildings. Roscoe ISD operates one of 50 Early College High Schools in Texas in partnership with Western Texas College in Snyder. Students of Roscoe Collegiate High School have the ability to earn an associate degree from Western Texas College at the time of high school graduation. The mascot of Roscoe Collegiate High School is the Plowboy.