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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

2,124
– 5.3
902.3
902.0
1,690–2,436
23.32
29.3
93.1
789
4.4
$2,904,941
$33,907
$1,051,282,894
$13,562,840

map of Menard County
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Physical Features: West central county of rolling topography, draining to San Saba River and tributaries; limestone soils.

Economy: Agriculture, tourism, oil, gas production.

locator map for Menard County

History: Apaches, followed by Comanches in 18th century. Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá established in 1757. A few Anglo-American and German settlers arrived in 1840s. County created from Bexar County 1858, organized 1871; named for Galveston’s founder, Michel B. Menard.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 61.6; Black, 1.8; Hispanic, 36.0; Asian, 0.2; Other, 1.5; Two or more races, 0.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 23; deaths, 33; marriages, 9; divorces, 9.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing; historic sites, including Spanish presidio, mission, irrigation ditches; U.S. fort; railroad museum; Jim Bowie barbecue cook-off in May.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, sheep, goats, pecans, hay. Market value $9.6 million. Hunting leases, ecotourism important.

MENARD (1,464) county seat; agribusiness, government/services; hunters blowout ball in November.

Other towns include: Fort McKavett (50); Hext (75).

San Saba River east of Menard

The San Saba River east of Menard. Photo by Robert Plocheck.