Snyder is a town in, and the county seat of Scurry County, Texas, United States. The population was 10,653 at the 2010 census. The city is located in the lower part of the Southwestern Tablelands ecological region.
Location of Snyder, Texas
|Coordinates: 32°42′56″N 100°54′52″W|
Snyder is located on Deep Creek, a minor tributary of the Colorado River of Texas.
Snyder is approximately 90 miles (140 km) southeast of Lubbock, 80 miles (130 km) northwest of Abilene, 90 miles (140 km) northeast of Midland, and 100 miles (160 km) north of San Angelo.
On September 11, 2011, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake centered 20 km (12 miles) north-northeast of Snyder produced light-to-moderate shaking, according to the U.S. Geological Survey'sNational Earthquake Information Center.
Snyder enjoys a strong economy, driven by the oil, gas, and wind industries. In 2012, 994 jobs were created in Snyder, leading to 20% job growth in the community, according to the Development Corporation of Snyder. The Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators (SACROC) oilfield is among the largest and most productive in the nation. Two of the largest wind farms in the nation are located in Snyder area. There are plans to build two larger wind farms in 2013. Other important industries in Snyder include manufacturing and cotton.
In addition to the SACROC field, Snyder is also located within the footprint of the newly discovered Cline Shale. Devon Energy estimates the Cline Shale to produce 30 billion barrels of oil, surpassing the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. The thickness of the Cline Shale is equivalent to roughly ten Eagle Ford shales stacked on top of each other. As exploration and development of this new shale continues in the Snyder area, the city is expected to see a large population increase with new restaurants, apartments, and retail shopping.
A section of the second largest wind farm in the United States, the Roscoe Wind Farm, is already located in the Snyder area In late 2013 and 2014, Tri-Global Energy will begin construction on two new wind farms near Snyder. Combined, the Fluvanna Renewable Energy Project and the Canyon Wind project will add 700 MW wind capacity and represent a $1.4 billion investment in the Snyder and surrounding areas.
Industrial and Rail Park
There are two industrial parks in Snyder, including one that has rail access. Current occupants in these two industrial parks include W.L Plastics, Tractor Supply, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Big Country Electric, Kyle Erwin Construction, Four Star Hose & Supply, and Total Truck & Trailer. With the impending Cline Shale oil boom, more companies are looking to Snyder for their expansion plans.
Snyder plays a key plot role, and is frequently mentioned, in the novel series Settling Accounts by Harry Turtledove. In the books Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death, the Confederate States of America set up a large concentration camp for the elimination of African-Americans, similar to Nazi Germany's real death camps in World War II. The camp is a few miles outside of Snyder. The town is repeatedly and heavily bombed by the United States before being overrun by US ground forces. At least one million people are killed at the camp and buried in mass graves.
At the turn of the 20th century, Snyder was rocketed by a deadly feud between the families of Billy Johnson and Ed Sims. Gladys Johnson, daughter of banker Billy Johnson, at the age of fourteen in 1914, married Ed Sims. The young couple had two daughters but soon divorced in July 1916. Sims was thereafter shot dead by a Johnson family member. The grand jury inLamesa failed to bring a true bill against the killer. Gladys Johnson Sims in the spring of 1917 married Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who had lost two children from a previous marriage. The Hamers raised four children, the daughters of Gladys and Ed Sims, and two of their own, including Frank Hamer, Jr. Frank Hamer died in 1955, but Gladys lived in their home inAustin until her death in 1986 at the age of eighty-five.
Albino buffalo statue at the Scurry CountyCourthouse in Snyder.
Downtown Snyder just north of the courthouse.
Community Bank of Snyder.
Cogdell Memorial Hospital is located nearWestern Texas Collegein Snyder.
First Baptist Church in downtown Snyder.
Jesus and the Woman at the Well sculpture at Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery south of Snyder.
Former Dermott School, relocated to the Coliseum grounds in Snyder.
Ritz Theater in downtown Snyder.
This 19th-century pioneer house, constructed by physician andConfederate veteran, J.C. Cornelius. The restored home now serves as a museum.