Briscoe County Court House

Welcome to Briscoe County. ¬†Briscoe County is on the edge of the Texas High Plains along the eastern Caprock escarpment, which separates the Llano Estacado from the Rolling Plains. It is bordered on the east by Hall County, on the west by Swisher County, on the north by Armstrong County, and on the south by Floyd and Motley counties. The county comprises of 901 square miles of irregular terrain ranging up to 2,100 to 3,350 feet in altitud.. The annual precipitation averages 18 to 20 inches. The average annual minimum temperature is 21.6 F in January, and the annual maximum is 91 in July. Soils vary from gray and chocolate loams to light sand in the valleys of the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River and its tributaries, including Tule Creek. These streams have formed the canyons and breaks crossing the county’s northern and eastern portions. Abundant native grasses grow in the broken areas, as do mesquite and cedar trees. Cotton, wheat, and grain sorghums are the major commodities grown in the county. There are a number of cattle ranches in the county. Beef cattle and horses are the principle livestock produced in Briscoe County. Agriculture and Agribusiness are the largest industry in the county. Agriculture receipts in Briscoe County annually range from $25 to $50 million dollars. This number varies greatly by the year, and growing conditions. The communities of Silverton and Quitaque are the two population centers of the county. Silverton is the county seat. The community offers agribusiness, manufacturing, banking, and Silverton Independent School District. The community of Quitaque offers agribusiness, banking, nature tourism, and Valley Independent School. Recreation is of importance to the county. The scenic views of the county draws tourist from all over. The two recreational draws are Caprock Canyon near Quitaque and Lake Mackenzie, northwest of Silverton. These areas offer fishing, scenic views, wildlife, and outdoor activities.