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Stories of Kimble County and Junction
History of Junction Call of the Llanos A New Beginning In the Beginning Birth of Kimble County
JUNCTION, TEXAS is a vibrant West Texas town of 3,944 according to the 2010 census. Located on the western edge of the Texas Hill Country on Interstate Highway 10, Junction is also served by U.S. Highways 83 and 377. The town is a short distance from the U.S. 290 intersection with 1-10. Junction is 120 miles northwest of San Antonio, 150 miles west of Austin, 260 miles southwest of Dallas, and 450 miles east of El Paso
Junction supports one elementary, middle, and high school. The middle school was most recently rated Recognized by the Texas Education Agency, with both the elementary and high schools receiving Exemplary TEA ratings. Total enrollment among all grades is approximately 739 students, and they are served by a 20,000-volume public library. The public school budget for the 2000-2001 school year was just over $5.6 million. The average SAT score for high school seniors is 958.
Junction is also home to Texas Tech University at Junction. The Texas Tech campus—situated on a 410-acre site—currently has several research projects underway. The campus also hosts meetings and conferences, and offers a broad spectrum of programs in both the undergraduate and graduate disciplines.
Other options for higher education include Schreiner University in Kerrville, approximately 53 miles to the southeast, and San Angelo State University approx. 98 Miles to the North.
An elected mayor and city council administer the City of Junction, which is a "Type A General Law Municipality" under Texas Law. The city's annual budjet is appromimately $2.0 million. A four-member police force and the County Sheriff Officer's serve the community. Junction has a highly trained 30-member Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). The Kimble County Ranch Fire Association also has firefighting personnel and equipment. The City and surrounding area are served by ambulance and rescue services as well as Kimble County Hospital which is a critical access facility.
The City also has a local economic development corporations that offers financial incentives to bring new private sector jobs to the community. There is also a Tourism Board, which works closely with the Chamber of Commerce, to promote business in the area.
Community's Tax Structure
Junction's Tax structure per $100 property valuations is as follows:
Hickory Water District ...$0.0250
Retail Sales tas is set at the following rates:
State .............................6.25 percent
City ...............................1.50 percent
Junction is served by 1-10, U.S. 83 and 377, and County Road 2169. Kerrville Bus Company provides bus service, with interstate and overnight courier service provided by Federal Express, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service. Air service utilizes Junction's 5,000- foot paved and lighted runway. Commercial air service is available from San Angelo Mathis Field, which receives flights from American and Continental Airlines.
While the City of Junction receives its electric power from AEP/West Texas Utilities, the distributor for electric power in Kimble and surrounding counties is Pedernales Electric, a member-owned electric utility. The Lower Colorado River Authority and AEP/WTU provide wholesale power to the region. West Texas Gas provides natural gas to the area. Clint Smith & Sons distributes liquid propane gas. Verizon and Lonex supply telephone service, with Internet service provided by Pedernales Electric.
Residents of Junction receive their water from the city's reservoir. The plant's capacity is two million gallons per day, with average consumption of one million gallons per day. Water is stored in both overhead and ground storage facilities; both facilities can store just over a half million gallons each. Junction's peak water consumption is approximately 1.85 million gallons per day.
City sewage is treated through the pound stabilization method. Permitted capacity is .21 million gallons per day, with current daily usage at approximately 75 percent of capacity.
Quality of Life
Junction boasts an outstanding quality of life with ample opportunities for recreation and substantial vital services for a city of its size. Residents can relax in any of three parks, including the scenic South Llano River State Park. There is a newly refurbished public swimming pool, golf and tennis courts, and two museums in the area. Residents and visitors can dine in any of 20 restaurants. Because of its proximity to 1-10, there are 10 motels offering 321 rooms. Eleven businesses offering cabins for rent, both on and off the river, also serve the area and Kimble County boasts numerous campgrounds, too. A grocery stores and two washateria facilities are also available.
Junction residents can meet their health care needs at one of two clinics or at Kimble Hospital, which opened at its new location in November 2011. Numeous doctors and two dentists provide care in the area. Prescriptions are filled at a locally owned Rite-Aid pharmacy. Star Flight is available for emergency medical transport, and a 60-bed nursing home facility is also located in the city. Veterinarian and boarding services are available, as well as pet boarding. Junction also has a very active center for seniors, including Meals on Wheels.
Banking services are available from Junction National Bank, First State Bank, and Kerr County Federal Credit Union. These institutions are locally owned and operated.
There are four ATM’s in town.
The Junction area also offers many positive intangibles. The region boasts moderate climate with an annual average temperature of 64.7 degrees and annual average rainfall of 17.64 inches. There are 21 houses of worship. Residents' news needs are met weekly by the local newspaper, the Junction Eagle, and daily by the San Angelo Standard-Times. Two radio stations offer music and local news items. Cable and satellite television services are also available, as is internet service. There is wireless internet service available at Kimble County Library.