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SAND SPRINGS, TEXAS (Howard County). Sand Springs is on Interstate Highway 20, U.S. Highway 80, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, near Sand Springs Creek, for which it is named, eight miles east of Big Spring in east central Howard County. It developed in the late 1930s, beginning as several gas stations and grocery stores along the road. Sand Springs Baptist Church and Sand Springs Church of Christ were both organized in the early 1940s. By the end of the decade the community had several businesses and a cluster of homes. A move to incorporate the town and rename it Howard City failed in 1960. In 1968 the community had an estimated population of 903, and the service road along Interstate 20 was lined with a variety of businesses. In the 1970s Sand Springs had two churches and a number of businesses and dwellings, and its population was still reported as 903 through 2000.


History of Howard County, 1882–1982 (Big Spring, Texas: Howard County Historical Commission, 1982).

Mark Odintz


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Mark Odintz, "SAND SPRINGS, TX (HOWARD COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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