Big Spring is a city in and the county seat of Howard County, Texas, United States, at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 87 and Interstate 20. With a population of 27,282 at the 2010 census, it is the largest city between Midland to the west, Abilene to the east, Lubbock to the north, and San Angelo to the south. Big Spring was established as the county seat of Howard County in 1882; it is the largest community in the county.
Big Spring got its name from the single, large spring that issued into a small gorge between the base of Scenic Mountain and a neighboring hill in the southwestern part of the city limits. Although the name is sometimes still mistakenly pluralized, it is officially singular. "To the native or established residents who may wince at the plural in Big Springs, it should be explained that until about 1916, when for some unexplained reason the name dropped the final "s," the official name of the town was indeed Big Springs." There is also a small community named Big Springs, Texas, located in Rusk County in East Texas.
Home of the spring that gave Big Spring its name, Comanche Trail Park is a 400 acre park that features a 6,900-seat limestone amphitheater, an eighteen hole golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, and hike, bike and nature trails. Park visitors can enjoy fishing or picnicking at Comanche Trail Lake. The Dora Roberts Community Center is located on the bank of the Comanche Trail Lake and has facilities and accommodations available for weddings, conferences, dances and receptions.
The Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course in an eighteen hole course tucked against the hills on the South end of Big Spring. Five minutes from Interstate 20, the Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course is the only rolling hills golf course in West Texas. The course features 6,576 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.
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Originally opened in 1930, Hotel Settles has been restored to reclaim its place as the social center of West Texas. This historical art deco oasis serves as the towering centerpiece of downtown Big Spring, approximately 30 miles from Midland. Extensive renovations using the building’s original blueprints have brought back the stylish details that evoke the charm, craftsmanship and architectural details of a bygone era.
Hangar 25 Air Museum is housed in a fully restored WWII era hangar. It is very much a Big Spring, Texas community icon, focused on displaying the proud heritage of a great city and educating our fellow citizens of all ages, on the military traditions that have been such an important part of local history. We encourage anyone with a connection to Big Spring, Texas, or Big Spring AAF Bombardier School or Webb Air Force Base to visit and experience for yourself, the history, heritage, and the honor that is Hangar 25 Air Museum. Incidentally, since opening our doors in May of 1999, Hangar 25 Air Museum has hosted more than 41,000 visitors from all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries.
The Heritage Museum has 13,000 square feet of space dedicated to exhibits, storage, research area, and dock. The grounds of the museum feature the Gerald-Marie Wallace Pavilion and an outdoor patio for events. The Potton House is a historical house listed on the National Register of Historic Places is maintained and staffed by the Heritage Museum. It is five blocks to the north of the museum.
This site houses a collection of items from and relating to Big Spring(s), Texas history. This collection was begun by, Marilyn Weaver, who for many years ran an Antique Store on the Lamesa Highway just north of town. In viewing the collection you should see glimpses of the town that are still recognizable today, but you will also find views that very few living souls remember seeing first hand.
Dramatic views off of the 200-foot bluff and from the CCC-built loop road is one of the featured attractions of this 382-acre park. Early morning or sunset, joggers, walkers and cyclists circle the loop, enjoying these views as they exercise. An elaborate Fourth of July fireworks display is one of the largest in the region. Other activities include picnicking, nature study and sightseeing.
Howard College believes that education is the primary purpose of the institution and that the programs and services of the college should be available to all citizens who are able to benefit from them. The college is committed to excellence in carrying out its purpose of education and in the efficient and effective use of its resources in meeting the educational needs of its students and the community.
Big Spring's Comanche Trail Festival of Lights is celebrating 15 years of lighted splendor and has successfully earned for the community a distinctive reputation. It has attracted regional and state attention for the superior artistic innovation shown throughout the lighted displays. The Festival of Lights Committee has successfully integrated new ideas, and lighting exhibits into Big Spring's natural gift of topography. This results in promoting Big Spring as a unique and appealing community as well as earning it the official titile of the "Lighted Poinsettia Capital" of Texas.
Big Spring Convention & Visitors Bureau Purposes & Services
Howard County Library exists to give the fullest service possible to the greatest number of citizens. To achieve this goal, the Director and staff will endeavor at all times to have a clear sense of purpose, a substantial knowledge of the collection and a great desire to be of service.
2013-2014 Concert Season
We Like The Big Spring Symphony
Keith Graumann, Music Director & Conductor
All Concerts Are At 8PM