Bovina, Texas

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Bovina is a city in Parmer County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,874 at the 2000 census.

City Website[1]

One of the best-known Bovina residents was John Elmo Sherrill, Jr. (1925–2007), who held four different public offices in Bovina and Parmer County, including Bovina alderman, mayor (1956–1960), school board member, and city judge (1997–2007). Sherrill, a son of J.E. Sherrill, Sr., and the former Myrtle Porterfield, was a native of Lynn County and was married to the former Patsy Clem (1931–2003). In 1953, the couple moved to Bovina, where Sherrill operated his former Sherrill Lumber Company for many years.

In 1976, Bovina adopted the city manager form of government, with Larry D. Gilley first filling the position. Gilley later became the manager in Abilene and San Marcos, Texas. The last city manager was Ernest Terry, who served from 2001-2007. Terry later became the manager in Fritch, Texas. Currently, filling the position as part time city manager is Jana Pitcock.

Early in his career, the Texas educator and firefighter Pat Barrett taught agricultural studies at Bovina High School.[3] The actor's Ben and Butch McCain came from Bovina, Texas.



Bovina is located at 34°30′56″N 102°53′17″W / 34.51556°N 102.88806°W / 34.51556; -102.88806 (34.515467, -102.888018)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,874 people, 567 households, and 467 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,161.0 people per square mile (831.7/km²). There were 612 housing units at an average density of 705.7/sq mi (271.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.67% White, 1.23% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 46.32% from other races, and 2.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 72.20% of the population.

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