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map of Calhoun County
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Physical Features: Sandy, broken by bays; Green Lake, Powderhorn Lake, Cox Creek Reservoir; partly on Matagorda Island.

Economy: Aluminum, plastics plants; marine construction; agribusinesses; petroleum; tourism; fish processing.

locator map for Calhoun County

History: Karankawa tribal area. Empresario Martín De León brought 41 families in 1825. County created from Jackson, Matagorda, and Victoria counties in 1846; organized the same year. Named for John C. Calhoun, U.S. statesman.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 41.8; Black, 3.1; Hispanic, 49.4; Asian, 5.3; Other, 1.0; Two or more races, 1.3. 

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 319; deaths, 198; marriages, 155; divorces, 20.

Recreation: Beaches, fishing, water sports, duck, goose hunting; Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Powderhorn Wildlife Management Area, Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area, Welder Flats Wildlife Management Area, historic sites, county park; La Salle Days in April.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, cattle, corn, grain sorghum. Market value $32.1 million. Commercial fishing.

PORT LAVACA (12,433) county seat; commercial seafood operations, offshore drilling, tourist center; some manufacturing; convention center; hospital.

Other towns include: Long Mott (76); Point Comfort (702) aluminum, plastic plants, deepwater port; Port O’Connor (1,211) tourist center, seafood processing, manufacturing, lighted boat parade in December; Seadrift (1,524) commercial fishing, processing plants, Bayfront Park, Shrimpfest in June.

Lavaca Bay at Magnolia Beach
Lavaca Bay at Magnolia Beach. Photo by Robert Plocheck.