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Choate Company, Inc.

Choate Company, Inc. has deep roots in West Texas and has been directly connected to the land in Howard County, Texas since the first permanent white settler came here in 1877.

Uncle Bud RobertsThat first settler was W. T. (Uncle Bud) Roberts, the Great-Grandfather of Wade Choate, founder and owner of Choate Company.  Uncle Bud's dugout, at the site of what is currently known as Moss Springs was the first permanent home in the county.  His dugout at the water site gave him grazing rights to the area around it, according to the law at the time.

However, someone understood the law better than he, and paid money to the State of Texas for the land, and Roberts had to move one mile to the West. This time he paid for the twelve sections that he homesteaded, and his descendents still own that land.

Where We Are Today

Today, built on years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Choate Company, has become a premier provider of land services in West Texas.


  • Oil & Gas Leasing
  • Due Diligence
  • Right-of-Ways
  • Locate Missing Heirs
  • Curative Title Work
  • Surface & Mineral Ownership Research
  • Contract & Damage Negotiations
  • Prospect Management
  • Negotiations and Trades
  • Agreement Preparation
  • Appraisals
  • Permitting for Right of Ways and Seismography