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. It is on U.S. 67 and part of U.S. 385 La Entrada Al Pacifico Trade Corridor.