BIG SPRING, a city of western Texas, U.S.A., on Federal highways 8o and 385, Girauds Creek, and the Texas and Pacific railway; the county seat of Howard county. The population was in 1920; 1930 it was 13,735. It is a division headquarters of the railroad, which has offices, round-houses and shops em ploying 50o men. Stock farming is the principal occupation of the region, and large shipments of cattle are made. An experi ment station of the department of agriculture is situated there. There are large springs and oil wells in the vicinity.