Oil and gas production along with cattle and farming are the main forms of income. All the small businesses are directly effected by these.
All the drinking water for animals as well as for the people is pumped out of the ground from the Ogallala Aquifer. The water there has many minerals in it but it is some of the very best tasting water & it comes out of your faucet icy cold. Many of the farmers use the same water source to irrigate their wheat & milo crops.
Darrouzett is nestled in a little valley surrounded by beautiful rolling plains. It is the kind of place where buffalo used to roam. It is easy to imagine Indians roaming the plains here and many did. There have been many Indian artifacts found in the area.
These are the Co-op grain elevators. The farmers bring their grain here to be stored & later sold to the market & then transported by train across the country. Once we had a local man who bought a small plane, taught himself to fly & would fly all around the place. He flew between a gap in the elevators & scared everyone so now there are cross pieces of metal placed across the gap to prevent that from happening again. At night the people in town are put to sleep by the steady hum of the elevators.
This is the First United Methodist Church where I was first baptized and my family attended for many years. In the left side of the picture you can see a sign for Cottonwood Connection which is a really cool store that sells various art & craft items along with home made food goods all made by local artisans & cooks.
This is the First baptist Church. This is where I was saved at a revival in 1976 and then in 1981 my husband proposed to me in front of this church.
Another shot of the Co-op.
This is a shot of Main Street from the South Side of Town. If you walk all the way around the edge of town you will have walked exactly 2 miles.
These are the public tennis courts. I spent many hours here playing tennis or basketball. Once we picked up the small car of a friend & set it over the fence on the courts. Darrouzett is the kind of place where people like to play practical jokes & I have many many stories of some of those jokes. It wasn't unusual to try to get into your car & find a hay bale sitting in your seat or to find your car axles on blocks. Once we had an incident where a local man jumped out of his pickup as it was going down the street because someone had put a rattlesnake into a paper sack, stapled it shut & set it in his pickup floorboard. He had got in without noticing it & jumped out when he heard the rattle. People on a ladder painting their house would mysteriously get phone calls that would hang up as soon as they answered. Most have good sense of humors & rather than get mad would cook up something to get even.
This is a picture of the town's only quick stop. You can purchase gas a few groceries or have a burger in the restaurant.
This is a picture of the post office. There is not at home delivery of mail here unless you live out in the country.
In the middle of this block is what used to be known as First National Bank of Darrouzett. It was closed in 1985 by FDIC which was a severe blow to the community. The building has been remodeled into a really nice bed & breakfast called The Last Buffalo. The owners of this inn are outfitters for local hunting. Hunters travel from all over to come here & hunt pheasant, dove, quail or deer.
This is a picture of city hall. It isn't fancy but it is the headquarters for the trash service, water & sewer department, Fire Department and the ambulance service.
Another view of Main Street
This is a picture of what used to be my father's business. He was a mechanic in Darrouzett for about 30 years.
This is a picture of the Darrouzett Independent School District. This is where I graduated from high school. It houses grades K thru 12. When I graduated there were any where from 85 to 100 kids. I graduated in a class of 12. My brothers class was a class of 2 & there was even a year with a class of 1.Another view
This is the gymnasium. Darrouzett has a beautiful gym. It is made entirely of knotty pine The floor, walls & even the bleachers. I have never seen another gym like it.
This is the St Paul's Lutheran Church where I was married. It was the only church in town that would hold everyone.
This is out at the Darrouzett City Park
More of the City Park
Until Next Time
The only place you will find trees in this part of the country is along creeks, ponds or around houses or towns.
There are pump jacks everywhere in the area. I still love the sound of Ajax motors because there used to be one near my home.
Some cattle that belong to a local rancher. You can read about many of the local ranches in a book called The Panhandle Cowboy by John Erickson writer of Hank The Cow Dog Books. He is a writer who lives in the area.
This area is a rugged place but beautiful even in the dead of winter. I never found a time when the area was not beautiful. It is a place that has beautiful green grass & green wheat fields in the spring with little dots of spring flowers. In April there is a flock of buzzards that arrive each year to circle over the town till it gets cold. Spring time also brings huge thunderstorms and even tornadoes at times. It is so cool to watch them build during the day. They can be quite beautiful to watch. You can see them come from miles away. In summer the fields are golden with wheat ready to be harvested. On the first weekend each July, Darrouzett has a German Festival called the Deutsches Fest where you can eat really good German food, see a melodrama, or play in an old fashioned softball tournament, & many other activities. In fall there are not a lot of trees to turn colors but the ones that are there (mostly cottonwoods) turn bright golden yellow. & other various shades of fall colors. The sky is almost always bright blue & the stars are so clear at night that it takes your breath away. In winter there are huge snow storms that blow in. While I lived there I never saw the snow fall. It always blew sideways. A couple of inches would turn the roads into huge drifts of snow that were taller than houses. You always knew to get to the store for groceries when you would see a bank of clouds coming from the North in winter. It isn't unusual to have snows of 14 inches or so. One thing I have not mentioned yet is the wind. It blows 365 days of the year. In summer time it is a nice cool breeze that cools the nights off so you can open the windows. In fall it picks up & really begins to blow more then in winter & spring it is not unusual to have 70 to 90 mile per hour winds. The wind is definitely a negative but at the same time it really made it nice in summer. I loved living in Darrouzett. Our family was sad to have to move away. It is a place with good people, good food, & good fun.