Culberson County, Texas Genealogy & History


Culberson County is located in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. It is bordered by New Mexico to the north and by Hudspeth, Reeves, and Jeff Davis counties in Texas. Van Horn, the county seat, is approximately 120 miles east of El Paso in the southwestern part of the county. The county's center lies about thirty-six miles northeast of Van Horn at approximately 32°27' north latitude and 104°29' west longitude. Interstate Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 80 cross southern Culberson County from east to west; U.S. Highway 90 enters the county from the south and terminates at Van Horn; and U.S. highways 62 and 180 cross the county's northwestern corner.  Enlarge map at right.


Culberson County was formed in 1912 from El Paso County.  

El Paso County Map 1881

El Paso County Map 1900

Van Horn Quadrangle Map 1906-08

Culberson County 1908 from Historic Map Works

Culberson County Highway Map 1940

Culberson County Highway Map 1961

Culberson County Map

US - Mexico Boundary from El Paso to Van Horn 1920 from The Portal To Texas History