Ozona is the one and the only town within the boundaries of Crockett County. It is also known as "The Biggest Little Town in the World" and it is located in east-central Crockett County. This unincorporated community is on Interstate Highway 10 and State Highway 163, midway between Houston and El Paso and 100 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border and it has a total area of 4.7 square miles. Most of the town is in the valley called Johnson Draw, while a portion extends east up Gurley Draw. Johnson Draw runs south to the Devils River, a tributary of the Rio Grande in Val Verde County. It reached a population of 3,160 in 2017. Formerly known as Powell Well in 1891, its founder, E. M. Powell was a land surveyor who drilled a well near Johnson Draw and also established a windmill, offered water and land for a school, churches, parks, a courthouse, and a jail. Joe Moss, Powell's agent, sold lots, and early settlers planted pecan trees in the shallow soil. A post office was opened on September 3, 1891. It won the election for the county seat versus the nearby Emerald in an election on July 7, 1891, when the first commissioners' court was held. Powell Well became Ozona, named for the quantity of open-air or ozone. Despite having gas and oil wells in the 1980s, Ozona was never a boomtown. Finally, three airports located in Ozona include Ozona Municipal Airport (OZA) (Runways: 1), Oso Canyon Airport (XA49) (Runways: 2), and Perry Ranch Airport (4TA8) (Runways: 1).
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