Zapata County, Texas

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Zapata County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 12,182. Its county seat is Zapata[1]. Zapata is named for Colonel Jose Antonio de Zapata, a rancher in the area who rebelled against Mexico.

The South Texas Oil Boom included wells drilled in Zapata County in the early 1920s through the work of Laredo industrialist Oliver Winfield Killam, a Missouri native who once served as an Oklahoma state legislator.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,058 square miles (2,740 km²), of which 997 square miles (2,582 km²) is land and 61 square miles (159 km²) (5.80%) is water.

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