Borger Daily Herald

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Borger Daily Herald

Hutchinson County Library presents its collection of newspaper titles, including the Borger Daily Herald, the Hutchinson County Herald, and the Phillips Reportre, that document the rapid growth and activity of Borger, Hutchinson County, and the surrounding area. After the discovery of oil in the West Texas town, Borger quickly established itself as a boomtown, attracting oil men, prospectors, gamblers and bootleggers. During the 20's and early 30's, Borger was a hotbed of violence and crime that was tempered somewhat by the Texas Rangers. In the 1930's, carbon black plants brought in workers from Oklahoma who had to abandon their farms during the dust bowl, and soon after the Workers Project Administration paved roads and constructed buildings, which gave Borger a sense of permanence and community. During World War II, the synthetic rubber and petroleum products became the main industry for Borger.