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Val Verde County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Val Verde County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1885
Seat Del Rio
Largest City Del Rio
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,233 sq mi (8,373 km²)
3,145 sq mi (8,146 km²)
88 sq mi (228 km²), 2.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

48,879
16/sq mi (6/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.valverdecounty.texas.gov
Val Verde County Judicial Center, Del Rio, TX DSCN0905
Val Verde County Judicial Center at 100 E. Broadway St. in Del Rio
Del Rio Bank and Trust Co., Del Rio, TX DSCN0910
Del Rio Bank and Trust Company was organized in 1910. The bank is hence a year older than the Del Rio city government and has served Val Verde County for more than a century. The photo is the facility at 1200 Veterans Blvd.; another location is 22411 N Bedell Ave.

Val Verde County is a county located on the southern Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. The 2014 population is 51,047. Its county seat is Del Rio. In 1936, Val Verde County received Recorded Texas Historic Landmark number 5625 to commemorate its founding.

Val Verde, which means "green valley", was named for a battle of the American Civil War. In 1862, soldiers of Sibley's Brigade took part in the Texas invasion of New Mexico Territory, where they captured several artillery pieces at the Battle of Val Verde. The battle is memorialized both in the name of the county and a small settlement in Milam County.

The Del Rio, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Val Verde County.

History

  • First inhabitants were 6,000–10,000 years ago and later came to include Lipan Apache, Coahuiltecan, Jumanos, Tamaulipans and Comanches.
  • 1590 Spanish explorer Gaspar Castaño de Sosa leads a mining expedition of 170 who pass through Devils Draw. He refers to a stream by the name of Laxas, which is believed Devils River.
  • 1673 Juan Larios opens a mission school at between Del Rio and Eagle Pass.
  • 1675 Traveling Franciscan priests celebrate Mass at San Felipe Springs.
  • 1736 Lt. Miguel de la Garza Falcón leads 100 soldiers along the Devils River in pursuit of Apaches.
  • 1834 James Grant and John Charles Beales establish settlement on San Felipe Creek, which becomes undesirable due to Indian attacks.
  • 1850’s Military bases to protect against Indian attacks include Camp Blake, Camp Hudson and Camp San Felipe.
  • 1860 Population of 2,874, includes 108 blacks and 1,103 foreign-born.
  • 1868 San Felipe Del Rio community is established on San Felipe Creek next to Camp San Felipe.
  • 1869 through 1882 Seminole Negro Indian Scouts (mixed heritage Seminoles with African blood) under John Lapham Bullis, namesake of Camp Bullis, defend the Texas border against Indian attack.
  • 1883 Galveston Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway is completed. Frank Qualia establishes Val Verde winery.
  • 1884 Langtry community established, named by Judge Roy Bean after Lillie Langtry.
  • 1885 Val Verde County is organized from Crockett, Kinney, and Pecos counties. Roy Bean elected justice of the peace in Langtry, operating out of the Jersey Lily Saloon and becoming renowned as “the Law West of the Pecos”.
  • 1886 Juno and Devils River communities established.
  • 1888 Comstock community established.
  • 1889 Norris community established.
  • 1928 Lake Hamilton Dam complete.
  • 1904 Lillie Langtry visits the community of Langtry.
  • 1929 Lake Walk Dam complete.
  • 1942 Laughlin Field/Laughin Army Air Field opens to train World War II pilots.
  • 1945 Laughlin Field closes.
  • 1952 Laughlin Field reopens as Laughlin Air Force Base, and serves as a secret U2 unit. Major Rudolf Anderson, a U-2 pilot from Laughlin, is the only casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1969 Amistad Dam and Reservoir complete. The project cost $78 million.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,233 square miles (8,370 km2), of which 3,145 square miles (8,150 km2) is land and 88 square miles (230 km2) (2.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • US 277.svg U.S. Highway 277
  • US 377.svg U.S. Highway 377
  • Texas 163.svg State Highway 163
  • Texas Loop 79.svg Loop 79

Adjacent counties and municipios

National protected areas

  • Amistad National Recreation Area
  • Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,874
1900 5,263 83.1%
1910 8,613 63.7%
1920 12,706 47.5%
1930 14,924 17.5%
1940 15,453 3.5%
1950 16,635 7.6%
1960 24,461 47.0%
1970 27,471 12.3%
1980 35,910 30.7%
1990 38,721 7.8%
2000 44,856 15.8%
2010 48,879 9.0%
Est. 2015 48,988 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 44,856 people, 14,151 households, and 11,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 16,288 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.36% White, 4.54% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 18.22% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. 75.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,151 households out of which 42.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 13.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.00% were non-families. 17.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the county, the population was spread out with 32.10% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 19.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,376, and the median income for a family was $31,434. Males had a median income of $26,485 versus $18,039 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,096. About 22.10% of families and 26.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.80% of those under age 18 and 26.40% of them age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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