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Physical Features: On grassy prairie south of San Antonio, drained by Atascosa River, tributaries; mesquites, other brush.
Economy: Coal plant, oil, commuters to San Antonio.
History: Coahuiltecan Indians; later Apaches and Comanches were in the area. Families from Mexico established ranches in the mid-1700s. Anglo-Americans arrived in the 1840s. County created from Bexar District in 1856 and organized that same year. Atascosa means boggy in Spanish.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 35.0; Black, 1.3; Hispanic, 62.8; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.0.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 707; deaths, 404; marriages, 271; divorces, 61.
Recreation: Quail, deer hunting; museums; river park; theater group.
Minerals: Lignite, oil, gas.
Agriculture: Beef cattle, peanuts, vegetable farming. Some 25,000 acres irrigated. Market value $85 million.
JOURDANTON (4,139) county seat; coal mining; hospital; park, walking trail; chili cookoff in May, Czech Day in July.
PLEASANTON (10,000) farming, oil-field drilling, health services; cowboy homecoming in August, Longhorn museum; hospital.
Other towns include: Campbellton (350); Charlotte (1,778); Christine (412); Leming (1,033); Lytle (2,817) greenhouse, peanuts processed; Peggy (22); Poteet (3,379) government/services, library, strawberry festival in April.
|A farm tractor in fields near Charlotte. Photo by Robert Plocheck.|