Van Horn, Texas

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by: Mike O'Quin
April 18, 2019

Things we did while in Van Horn

This is a town that really doesn’t have much to offer. It is a town that is getting smaller as the population goes. There is one grocery store, Porters, in town. There are a lot of gas stations as this is the only place to stop along I10. Restruants, unless you want fast food, are scarace and so far we haven’t found any good ones.

We stayed at Van Horn RV Park while we were here.

As I said the down is inbetween places of interest. During our time here we went to McDonald Observatory located about 80 miles south east of Van Horn and Carlsbad Caverns National Park located about 110 miles north north east.

The rest of the time here we spent relaxing and updating our blogs.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Van Horn is a town in and the seat of Culberson County, Texas, United States.] According to the 2010 census, Van Horn had a population of 2,063,[4] down from 2,435 at the 2000 census. It is the westernmost incorporated community in the Central Time Zonepart of the state of Texas.


Van Horn is located in southwestern Culberson County at 31°2′33″N 104°49′59″W (31.042489, -104.832928). Interstate 10 passes through the town, leading east 120 miles (190 km) to Fort Stockton and northwest 118 miles (190 km) to El Paso. Van Horn is the western terminus of U.S. Route 90; from Van Horn it leads southeast 73 miles (117 km) to Marfa. Texas State Highway 54 leads north from Van Horn 65 miles (105 km) to Pine Springs and the Guadalupe Mountains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), all land. Threemile Peak, elevation 4,868 feet (1,484 m), rises to the northwest overlooking the town.


Anglo-Texan settlement began in the late 1850s and early 1860s supportive of the San Antonio-El Paso Overland Mail route. Although U.S. Army Major Jefferson Van Horne is believed to have passed near the area in 1849 on his way to take command of what would later become Fort Bliss, the town is instead named for Lt. James Judson Van Horn who commanded an army garrison at the Van Horn Wells beginning in 1859. Lt. Van Horn’s command was relatively short-lived, as the post was seized by Confederate forces in 1861 and Lt. Van Horn taken prisoner.[9] Settlement was further stimulated by the construction of the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881. The town has several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places including the First Presbyterian Church (now Primera Iglesia Bautista), built in 1901.


As of the census of 2000, 2,435 people, 834 households, and 652 families resided in the town. The population density was 846.9 people per square mile (326.4/km²). The 976 housing units averaged 339.5 per square mile (130.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.60% White, 0.66% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 31.46% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 78.60% of the population.

Space tourism

In late 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported that Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of, had acquired 290,000 acres (1,200 km2) of land 25 miles (40 km) north of Van Horn, including the Figure 2 Ranch Airport, to house his fledgling space tourism company, Blue Origin. As of 2008, Blue Origin had been expected to start commercial operations as early as 2010, aiming for 52 launches per year from the Van Horn facility.

In early 2010, NASA awarded Blue Origin US$3.7 million to work on an advanced technology, which detaches a crew cabin from its launcher if the shuttle malfunctions.

As of August 2016, Blue Origin was still conducting test flights with plans to begin flying piloted tests in 2017 and paying customers in 2018.

10,000-year clock

In 2009 the Van Horn Advocate announced that the Long Now Foundation was starting geologic testing for an underground space to house a 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now, on the Bezos ranch, north of Van Horn.