History of Hutchinson County, Texas: 104 years, 1876-1980

cities, but is also a vast recreational area. The industrial
uses of such a reservoir are apparent, and has
already been responsible for bringing new industry
into the county.
THE FUTURE
Look around Hutchinson County today and what
do you see? New houses being built even in times of
unbelievable interest rates and building costs. New
roads being constructed and old ones being widened
and improved. New businesses starting into operation.
New faces, new people. The Chamber of Commerce
has recently announced the plans of of Phillips
Petroleum Company for new facilities to be constructed
in the early 1980s. Many Eastern economists
and pronosticators have predicted a growth in
Hutchinson County's population which staggers the
imagination.
There is a danger to all of this growth however, the
danger that the people of Hutchinson County may
develop into that rootless, transient society which is
characteristic of most urban areas today. The loss of
identity, with the past. A traditionless society of the
present.
There are real and immediate needs. Needs which
must be balanced against individual concern over
rising prices, higher taxes, and other personal economic
concerns. A new City-County Criminal Justice
Complex, including a jail, must be built within the
next few years. County recreational facilities must be
expanded and improved. Most of all however, there
must be an assurance that the way of life which has
typified the residents of Hutchinson County for the
last 100 years is not submerged by a refusal to face
squarely the real problems which a growing county is
subject to. There must be an end to private and personal
bickering by county and city officials and personal
interest taking priority over the interest of the
county and cities located therein. A new civic spirit
which has, unfortunately, been mainly expressed in
its operation by private organizations in the past,
should come to exemplify our local governments in
Hutchinson County. Personal interest should, to a
large degree, be put aside for the benefit and welfare
of all of the people of Hutchinson County. Let's stop
planning the move and settle down to developing the
county according to its potential rather than what
can be taken from it for our own benefit, with the idea
of retirement elsewhere. If one would study the history
of other areas, and the current situation in those
areas, a realization would come that Hutchinson
County is one of the few bright spots left in the
nation, socially and economically. Let's keep it that
way.

Children at Johnson Park

The New Silhouette

Hutchinson County Historical Commission. History of Hutchinson County, Texas: 104 years, 1876-1980. Dallas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20204/. Accessed September 22, 2014.