Before 1925, only a lone boxcar occasionally stood on a side track at this featureless site. Then an oil driller named McCamey hit a gusher. In less than a year, it was a brawling boom town of 10,000. People were housed in tents and hastily constructed buildings. Much quieter today, McCamey is still a center of oil activity and is a livestock shipping point for surrounding ranches. In addition, a growing number of wind-turbine generators on the surrounding mesas make McCamey the wind energy capital of Texas. On U.S. 67 and part of U.S. 385 La Entrada Al Pacifico Trade Corridor, McCamey is midway between I-10 and I-20.
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