Big Spring is a city in and the county seat of Howard County, Texas, United States, at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 87 and Interstate 20. Big Spring is the largest city between Midland to the west, Abilene to the east, Lubbock to the north, and San Angelo to the south. The city was established as the county seat of Howard County in 1882. This is a result of being the largest community in the county.
What is now Big Spring was originally a popular watering hole for Native American residents, including members of the more recently established Jumano, Apache, and Comanche tribes. Captain Randolph B. Marcy’s expedition of 1849 was the first United States expedition to explore Big Spring. Marcy marked the spring as a campsite on the Overland Trail to California. By the late 1870s, a settlement grew to support buffalo hunters. Ranching quickly became a major industry in the area as well.
As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 26,144 people, 8,458 households, and 5,127 families residing in the city of Big Spring. As noted in the 2010 Census, 28,187 people, 8,029 households, and 5,463 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,428.4 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 76.69% White, 5.31% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 14.41% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 44.64% of the population.
Culture & Recreation
Big Spring is the site of several major hang-gliding championship tournaments, including the U.S. Hang Gliding Nationals. The city was also the site for the filming of parts of Midnight Cowboy and Hangar 18, two successful American motion pictures. Big Spring also has a unique museum known as The Big Spring Heritage Museum, which contains pioneer and indigenous artifacts, art exhibits, and the largest collection of Texas Longhorn steer horns. It’s rare and unusual phonographs include models by Thomas A. Edison.