As a midpoint in West Texas, Big Spring delivers a mixture of yesterday,
today, and tomorrow that welcomes the native and the newcomer alike.
It is the location that brings you here, the unique beauty that gives
you pause and the kindness of the community that will make you stay.
Home of caring residents, friendly families, beautiful landscapes,
comfortable climate and a multitude of cultural, sporting and
recreational events, and is a safe oasis to call home.
Friendly folks, great fun and a beautiful beginning!
Big Spring, the county seat of Howard County, is at the intersection of Interstate Highway 20, U.S. Highway 87, Texas State Highway 350, Farm Road 700, and the Missouri Pacific line in southwest central Howard County. The city is in a rocky gorge between two high foothills of the Caprock escarpment in West Texas. The northern limit of the Edwards Plateau and the southern most hills of the Caprock converge in Big Spring.
Landmarks & History
It derives its name from the nearby "big spring" in Sulphur Draw, which was a watering place for coyotes, wolves, and herds of buffalo, antelope, and mustangs; the spring was a source of conflict between Comanche and Shawnee Indians and a campsite used by early expeditions across West Texas. Signal Mountain, ten miles southeast of Big Spring, was a landmark used by early cattlemen.
In 1849 Capt. Randolph B. Marcy's expedition reached Big Spring on the return trip from Santa Fe and marked it as a campsite on the Overland Trail to California.