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Oil Keeps Post Economy Booming

For generation after generation, the ranching business and oil industry have been the driving force behind Garza County and the situation is still the same today.

"The easiest way my great great grandfather started this ranch in 1901. Through various generations ranching has changed, primarily in this area. Beef, cattle is the bigger end of ranching right now. The horse market is probably second, but mostly whether it be cow, calf operation, or yearling operation is the biggest in ranching right now," says Giles Dalby, a fifth generation rancher.

Giles Dalby, Jr.'s family is one of the oldest ranching families in Garza County. He says to survive they've changed with the times. These days, hunting has helped stabilize income in agriculture.

"We host clients from as far away as Pennsylvania every year for a deer hunt. We have clients from the north that come and spend six days with us, on a guided deer hunt. I have clients from the Fort Worth-Rockwall area that come to do quail hunts every year. I have two lodges on the ranch that the hunters stay in," says Dalby.

The oil industry in Garza County is steady. Earl Chapman of Rocker A Operations explains.

"We think the oil industry does the whole thing. We pay 70% of the taxes, work the majority of the men that work in county now, all of them together probably have 700 men and women working in the oil industry in the county," says Chapman.

Chapman has been in the oil business since 1958. He says that currently there are between 1,800 and 200 producing wells in the county today.

"It's doing very well. The $30 oil does not hurt a thing in the world, and we haven't heard a lot of complaints about the $1.30 or $1.40 gasoline," says Chapman.

What the oil and ranching industries don't take care of, the tourism brings in or the Giles Dalby Correctional Facility employs. Overall, residents here say the economy in Post is pumping right along. The Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility opened three years ago and absorbed many of the people left without jobs once the Burlington Factory closed. About 240 people work at the prison.

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