JUNCTION, TEXAS is a vibrant West Texas town of 2,618. 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. The San Angelo MSA is 105 miles to the northwest.
With a total regional labor force of 2,364, Junction enjoys an unemployment rate of 1.6 percent, with the majority of employees concentrated in retail, public administration, andprecision products. Area employers range fromwood products and cedar wood oil firms, to metal building manufacturers, to advertising specialty companies. Pedernales Electric also maintains anoffice in Junction to serve its members in Kimble and surrounding counties.
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 averageSAT 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.
Junction is a municipality administered by an elected mayor and city council. The city budget is just over $1.7 million. The community is served by a four-member police force, complemented by a 30-member highly trained volunteer fire department. The Junction VFD has three pumpers, a crash truck, and a rescue truck. The Kimble County Ranch Fire Association has 5 Brush Trucks and Three Tankers which covers all of Kimble County. Ambulance and rescue services are available. The city is home to an active area chamber of commerce, along with a city industrial development team and industrial development corporation.
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, thedistributor for electric power in Kimble and surrounding counties is Pedernales Electric, amember-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 twomillion 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 gallonseach. 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 are eight public swimming pools, golf and tennis courts, and two museums in the area. Residents and visitors can dine in any of 17 restaurants. Because of its proximity to 1-10, there are 23 hotels and motels offering 284 rooms. Eleven bed and breakfasts also serve the area. Two 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. The hospital has a newly-equipped X-ray department and a new teleradiology department, which improves response time in emergencies. Two doctors and two dentists provide care in the area. Prescriptions are filled at either of two pharmacies. Star Flight is available for emergency medical transport, and a 60-bed nursing home facility is also located in the city. Veterinarian services are also available.
Banking services are available from Junction National Bank and First State Bank. Bothinstitutions are locally owned and operated.
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 of17.64 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 television services are also available.
For more information on the City of Junction and the Kimble County area, contact the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce at:
Kimble County Chamber of Commerce
402 Main Street
Junction, Texas 76849
fax – 325/446-2871