Sierra Blanca, Texas

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Sierra Blanca is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Hudspeth County, Texas, United States. The population was 533 at the 2000 census, and had decreased to 510 according to a July 2007 estimate.
The town, founded in 1881 at the completion point of a long-sought southern transcontinental railway, was named for nearby Sierra Blanca Mountain, which was named for the white poppies which grew on it (sierra blanca is Spanish for white mountain).
About 19.6% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 32.6% of those age 65 or over.
The outskirts of Sierra Blanca was the location of a sludge dump that received 250 tons of treated sewage each week from New York City. The dumping was discontinued in 2001. Nuclear waste is also said to have been dumped in the western outskirts of town.

Check out Sierra Blanca's wild west history at: http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/SierraBlancaTexas/SierraBlancaTx.htm

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