Van Horn is a town in and the county seat of Culberson County, Texas, United States.According to the 2010 Census, Van Horn had a population of 2,064.
The main drag through Van Horn
|Coordinates: 31°2′33″N 104°49′59″W|
Van Horn is located at (31.042489, -104.832928).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), all land.
Van Horn is the westernmost town in the U.S. Central Time Zone.
In late 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported that Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of amazon.com, had acquired 290,000 acres (1,200 km2) of land 25 miles (40 km) north of Van Horn to house his fledgling space tourism company, Blue Origin. As of 2008, Blue Origin had been expected to start commercial operations as early as 2010, aiming for 52 launches per year from the Van Horn, Texas facility. As of March 2010 however, Blue Origin and Bezos "have been very secretive about" the plans for the Van Horn facility for the past five years, having granted no interviews with news media since a single interview with the Van Horn Advocate in early 2005.
In early 2010, NASA awarded Blue Origin US$3.7 million to work on an advanced technology, which detaches a crew cabin from its launcher if the shuttle malfunctions."
Similar view of Threemile Mountain (left) and Fivemile Mountain (right) in 2008
Culberson County Hospital and Van Horn Rural Health Clinic (2013)