George West, Texas

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George West is a city in Live Oak County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,524 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Live Oak County.[3] George West was named the "storytelling capital of Texas" in 2005 by the Texas Senate; and it hosts the George West Storyfest, a festival that features storytelling, cowboy poetry, and music. Numerous ranches surround George West.

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History

George West was a land venture and ranching enterprise of George Washington West and Katie West. Originally from San Antonio, West began to build his town in 1913, after ranching in the area from 1880 to 1912. He sold his cattle holdings and began to colonize some 75,000 acres (300 km2).

He offered the railroad $100,000 and a free easement through his land to build to George West. He offered $75,000 to build a new courthouse if the county seat was moved from Oakville and voters approved the measure in 1918. West also built schools, roads, and water and electricity plants.

George West was incorporated in 1946 and the government changed to home rule in 1980.

Geography

George West is located at 28°19′52″N 98°07′01″W / 28.331147°N 98.117013°W / 28.331147; -98.117013 (28.331147, -98.117013).[4] This is 65.7 miles (92 km) northwest of Corpus Christi and miles (127 km) 85.6 miles south of San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12. square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,524 people, 892 households, and 671 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,327.3 people per square mile (512.9/km2). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 544.3/sq mi (210.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.73% White, 0.28% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 14.38% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 58.00% of the population.

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