Look up the definition of “boomtown” in a dictionary and it wouldn’t be that surprising if you saw a picture of Borger, Texas. As the story goes, in May of 1921, the very first oil well in the Texas Panhandle was drilled near what would one day become the city of Borger. This event ignited an oil rush so large, that the town of Borger, TX was founded and populated with over 45,000 people in less than two months. With so many people clumped together in such a short time frame, all looking to make their fortunes in the oil fields, it’s not surprising that the last thing on people’s minds was civility. In fact, the lawlessness in Borger got so bad, that martial law was eventually imposed and state troops sent in to restore order.
The events of those early years have long since passed and Borger, Texas is now a transportation center for agricultural products. In addition, the city still maintains somewhat of a connection to its oil drilling past through the petro-chemical industry which maintains a few plants in the area. Borger is also the largest city in Hutchinson County, Texas with a population just over 13,000.