Texas Soil Surveys- revised 4/2011


County soil surveys are produced by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, formerly the Soil Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Single copies of county soil surveys are generally available free of charge from the county offices. Another source of local soils information is the County Agent or Agricultural Extension Service, usually located in the county seat.

Note that some counties have never been surveyed, or have not been surveyed since the early 1900's. The reasons for this may include urbanization and/or difficulties in obtaining access permissions. Some local offices may have revisions in preparation or completed and awaiting approval and budgeting for printing, which is why it may be useful to contact the agencies directly.

A further note is that soil surveys since the early 1950's are produced on an air-photo base. Earlier series of soil surveys do not include the air photography base, and thus may be more difficult to interpret.

The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) collection has a complete set of United States soil surveys; the Walter Geology Library has only Texas soil surveys.


Online Resources

Explore Texas Soil Surveys. Portal to Texas History, University of North Texas Libraries' Digital Projects Unit.
<http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TXSS/browse/>

Library catalog. University of Texas at Austin. Perform searches with keywords such as: soil survey Texas [County name or Place of interest].
<http://catalog.lib.utexas.edu/>

Soil Science Society of America. <https://www.soils.org/>

Texas Soil Database. Texas A&M University Soil Characterization Laboratory. <http://soildata.tamu.edu/>

Texas State Library Archives and Commission. Library Catalog of Texas State Agencies. For State and Federal Government documents.
<http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/webcat/index.html>

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.

United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Explanation by Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection : United States Department of Agriculture Soil Surveys.
<http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/soil_surveys.html>


Reference Works:

Keys to Soil Taxonomy. 6th ed. 1994. United States. Department of Agriculture, Soil Survey Staff.
S 592.16 U65 1994 Geology Library

Methods of Soil Analysis. 2nd ed. 1982. American Society of Agronomy : Soil Science Society of America.
Geology Library Reference

S 593 M4453 1982 Part 1. Physical and mineralogical methods / Arnold Klute, editor. Agronomy ; no.9, pt.1.
S 593 M4453 1982 Part 2. Chemical and microbiological properties / A.L. Page, editor. Agronomy ; no.9, pt.2.
S 593 M4453 1995 Part 3. Chemical methods / J. M. Bartels, managing editor. Soil Science Society of America book series ; no. 5.
S 593 M4453 1995 Part 4. Physical methods / Jacob H. Dane and G. Clarke Topp, co-editors. Soil Science Society of America book series ; no. 5.
S 593 M4453 1995 Part 5. Mineralogical methods / April L. Ulery and Richard Drees, co-editors. Soil Science Society of America book series ; no. 5.

The Mineralogy and chemistry of High Plains playa lake soils and sediments : project completion report : prepared for Office of Water Resources Research, U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 1972. Allen, Bonnie L. WRC (Texas Tech University. Water Resources Center) ; 72-4.
S 599 T4 M563 Geology Library

Soil Characteristics of Two Locations in Swisher and Deaf Smith Counties, Palo Duro Basin, Texas. 1984. United States. Department of Energy; Battelle Memorial Institute. Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation; NUS Corporation.
S 599 T4 S644 1984 Geology Library

Soil Handbook for Soil Survey of the City of San Marcos, Texas. 1972. Lowther, A. C.
S 599 T4 A5581 1972 Geology Library

Soil Survey Laboratory Data and Descriptions for Some Soils of Texas.1976. United States. Soil Conservation Service. Soil Survey Investigations Report ; no.30.
S 599 T4 U548 1976 Geology Library Reference

Soil taxonomy : a basic system of soil classification for making and interpreting soil surveys. 1975. United States. Soil Conservation Service. Agriculture Handbook (United States. Dept. of Agriculture) ; no.436.
S 590 U468 1975 Geology Library

Type IV cooperative river basin survey, Texas coastal basins : appendix A: soils of the Texas coastal basins, their characteristics, uses, and problems. 1972. United States. Soil Conservation Service.
S 599 T4 U5 1972 Geology Library


Soil Surveys by County : Walter Geology Library

Search in the library catalog by using keywords such as: soil survey Texas [County name or Place of interest].

A keyword search for: soil survey texas travis
Results in: Soil Survey of Travis County, Texas
At this location: S 599 T4 T7 1974 Geology Library, PCL Stacks

Soil surveys may be located in Geology Library, PCL, Center for American History, or other libraries. Please check library catalog for call number and library location.

Texas Soil Surveys by Area or Region and Year:

Austin Area 1904 Big Thicket National Preserve 1978
Cooper Area 1908 Big Bend National Park 1985
Henderson Area 1907 Central Gulf Coast Area 1911
Jacksonville Area 1903 Northwest Texas 1922
Lufkin Area 1904 Panhandle Region 1911
Nacogdoches Area 1903 South-Central 1915
Paris Area 1903 Southwest 1912
San Antonio Area 1904  
San Marcos Area 1906  
San Marcos, City of 1972  
Waco Area 1906  
Willis Area 1901  
Woodville Area 1903  

Texas Soil Surveys by County and Year

Anderson 1904 Fannin 1938 McCulloch 1974
Anderson 1975 Fannin 2002 McLennan 1958
Andrews 1974 Fisher 1966 McLennan 2001
Angelina 1988 Floyd 1978 Medina 1977
Archer 1912 Foard 1964 Menard 1967
Archer 1995 Fort Bend 1960 Midland 1973
Armstrong 1965 Franklin 1908 Mitchell 1969
Atascosa 1980 Freestone 1918 Montague 1978
Austin and Waller 1984 Freestone 2002 Montgomery 1972
Bailey 1963 Frio 1992 Moore 1975
Bandera 1977 Gaines 1965 Morris 1910
Bastrop 1979 Galveston 1935 Nolan 1981
Baylor 1976 Galveston 1988 Nueces 1966
Bee 1981 Garza 1975 Ochiltree 1973
Bell 1916 Gillespie 1975 Oldham 1980
Bell 1977 Glasscock 1977 Palo Pinto 1981
Bexar 1962 Gray 1966 Panola 1975
Blanco and Burnet 1979 Grayson 1909 Parker 1977
Borden 1975 Grayson 1980 Parmer 1978
Bosque 1980 Grimes 1996 Pecos 1980
Bowie 1918 Guadalupe 1977 Polk and San Jacinto 1988
Bowie 1980 Hale 1974 Potter 1980
Brazoria 1981 Hall 1967 Randall 1970
Brazos 1914 Hansford 1960 Reagan and Upton 2003
Brazos 1916 Hardeman 1972 Red River 1923
Brazos 1958 Harris 1922 Red River 1977
Brazos 2003 Harris 1976 Reeves 1926
Briscoe 1977 Harrison 1994 Reeves 1980
Brooks 1993 Hartley 1977 Refugio 1988
Brown and Mills 1980 Haskell 1961 Roberts 1981
Caldwell 1978 Hemphill 1974 Robertson 1909
Calhoun 1978 Henderson 1979 Rockwall 1926
Callahan 1981 Hidalgo 1981 Runnels 1970
Cameron 1977 Hill 1978 Rusk 2000
Camp 1908 Hockley 1965 San Patricio and Aransas 1979
Camp, Franklin, Morris, and Titus 1990 Hood and Somervell 1978 San Saba 1917
Carson 1962 Hopkins and Rains 1977 San Saba 1982
Castro 1974 Houston 1906 Schleicher 1980
Castro 1972 Houston 2002 Scurry 1973
Chambers 1976 Howard 1969 Shackelford 1990
Cherokee 1958 Hunt 1981 Sherman 1975
Childress 1963 Hutchinson 1976 Smith 1917
Clay 1980 Irion 1986 Smith 1993
Cochran 1964 Jackson 1997 Starr 1972
Coke 1974 Jasper and Newton 1982 Stephens 1994
Coleman 1926 Jeff Davis 1977 Sterling 1977
Coleman 1974 Jefferson 1915 Stonewall 1975
Collin 1969 Jefferson 1965 Sutton 1968
Collingsworth 1973 Jim Hogg 1974 Swisher 1974
Comal and Hays 1984 Jim Wells 1979 Tarrant 1981
Comanche 1977 Johnson 1985 Taylor 1918
Concho 1988 Jones 1972 Taylor 1976
Cooke 1979 Karnes 2000 Terrell 1974
Coryell 1985 Kaufman 1940 Terry 1962
Cottle 1974 Kaufman and Rockwall 1977 Titus 1910
Crosby 1966 Kendall 1981 Tom Green 1976
Dallam 1975 Kent 1973 Travis 1974
Dallas 1924 Kerr 1986 Upshur and Gregg 1983
Dallas 1980 Kimble 1982 Uvalde 1976
Dawson 1960 Kinney 1967 Uvalde 1976
Deaf Smith 1968 Knox 1979 Val Verde 1982
Denton 1922 La Salle 1994 Van Zandt 1998
Denton 1980 Lamar and Delta 1979 Victoria 1982
DeWitt 1978 Lamb 1962 Walker 1979
Dickens 1926 Lampasas 2001 Ward 1975
Dickens 1970 Lavaca 1905 Washington 1915
Dimmit 1943 Lavaca 1992 Washington 1981
Dimmit and Zavala 1985 Lee 1906 Webb 1985
Donley 1980 Leon 1989 Wharton 1974
Eastland 1917 Liberty 1996 Wheeler 1975
Eastland 1977 Limestone 1998 Wichita 1977
Ector and Crane 1978 Lipscomb 1975 Wilbarger 1962
El Paso 1971 Llano 2000 Willacy 1982
Ellis 1911 Loving and Winkler 2000 Williamson 1982
Ellis 1964 Lubbock 1979 Wilson 1908
Erath 1923 Lynn 1959 Wilson 1977
Erath 1973 Madison 1994 Wise 1989
Falls 1978 Martin 1974 Wood 2000
  Matagorda 2002 Yoakum 1964
  Maverick 1977