Kent is an unincorporated community in Culberson County, Texas, United States. It lies just north of Interstate 10 at Exit 176, 10 mi west of the beginning of Interstate 20 and 4 mi west of the eastern Culberson County boundary. It is sandwiched between the railroad, immediately to its north, and the interstate. As of 2005, its population was estimated at 60 residents, with three small businesses, a general store, a service station, and a post office, as well as ruins of a public school and other businesses that flourished until the 1960s. As of 2014, only the general store remained in operation; the nearest service station is in Plateau, 18 mi west along the interstate. It, therefore, has had no medical, pharmaceutical, public educational, legal, police, fire, or other governmental services beyond the post office within its boundaries; the nearest source of these is in Van Horn, 37 mi west. No motels, hotels, or trailer/RV parks, restaurants, or other tourist services are available, either. The surrounding county area it serves contains semidesert land supporting large cattle ranches.

Kent, Texas
Ruins of Kent Public School
Ruins of Kent Public School
Nickname(s): 
Kent Ghost Town
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Location of Kent in West Texas
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Kent (the United States)
Coordinates: 31°04′09″N 104°13′02″W / 31.06917°N 104.21722°W / 31.06917; -104.21722Coordinates: 31°04′09″N 104°13′02″W / 31.06917°N 104.21722°W / 31.06917; -104.21722
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyCulberson
Elevation4,206 ft (1,282 m)
Population
 (2000[2])
 • Total60
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
79855
Area code(s)432

ClimateEdit

According to the Köppen climate classification, Kent has a semiarid climate, BSk on climate maps.[3]

Climate data for Kent, Texas. (1988-2017)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
83
(28)
89
(32)
96
(36)
101
(38)
113
(45)
109
(43)
103
(39)
102
(39)
98
(37)
92
(33)
83
(28)
113
(45)
Average high °F (°C) 57.6
(14.2)
61.1
(16.2)
68.2
(20.1)
76.9
(24.9)
84.7
(29.3)
91.4
(33.0)
88.8
(31.6)
87.9
(31.1)
82.6
(28.1)
76.0
(24.4)
65.5
(18.6)
57.5
(14.2)
74.8
(23.8)
Average low °F (°C) 31.8
(−0.1)
35.0
(1.7)
39.9
(4.4)
47.5
(8.6)
56.4
(13.6)
63.6
(17.6)
64.5
(18.1)
63.5
(17.5)
57.6
(14.2)
49.5
(9.7)
38.4
(3.6)
31.8
(−0.1)
48.3
(9.1)
Record low °F (°C) 6
(−14)
0
(−18)
11
(−12)
23
(−5)
33
(1)
47
(8)
52
(11)
53
(12)
34
(1)
20
(−7)
10
(−12)
0
(−18)
0
(−18)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.59
(15)
0.78
(20)
0.47
(12)
0.55
(14)
1.00
(25)
1.24
(31)
2.97
(75)
2.36
(60)
1.98
(50)
1.03
(26)
0.49
(12)
0.60
(15)
14.05
(357)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.7
(1.8)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.3
(0.76)
0.7
(1.8)
1.7
(4.3)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center[4]

Plane crashEdit

Well-known Dallas businessman, W. C. “Chuck” Adams, owner of Sew-Vac, Inc. and International Mail Order Co., died in Kent, Texas, when his private plane, a Cessna 172H Skyhawk, N2757L, crashed 7 mi north of Kent proper, within the Apache Mountain range. Adams was flying with his two older sons, Chuck Jr. and Charles Rodney, from Pecos to Van Horn that morning. Both sons survived the crash in the early morning hours of November 18, 1978. A man driving by found the crash about an hour later, around 8 am. Adams was found deceased, with Chuck Jr, co-pilot, still inside the plane with him, with near-fatal injuries. The younger son, Rodney, was found thrown outside the plane, with only minor injuries. Chuck Jr., due to the magnitude of his injuries from the crash, died on February 5, 1987, and is interred in the cemetery in Dawson, Texas, with his maternal grandparents.

William Charles Adams, Sr., originally from Frost, Texas, is interred in Dallas, Texas, in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. However, a small memorial has been placed in Kent, in his memory, as well.

Coincidentally, CR 2424, heading north from Interstate 10 from Kent, is also given the name Cesna Ave. The other road, Hwy 118, shares the numerical day of the crash, 11-18.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kent". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Kent at TSHA
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Kent, Texas
  4. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved December 16, 2014.

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