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Gillespie County

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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

26,521
6.8
1,061.7
1,058.2
1,040–2,244
31.53
34.3
92.7
13,004
2.5
$93,213,248
$54,441
$7,401,398,101
$487,689,038

map of Gillespie County
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Physical Features: Picturesque Edwards Plateau area with hills, broken by spring-fed streams.

Economy: Tourism, government/services, agriculture, wine and specialty foods, hunting leases.

locator map for Gillespie County

History: German settlement founded in 1846 in heart of Comanche country. County created in 1848 from Bexar, Travis counties, organized the same year; named for Texas Ranger Capt. R.A. Gillespie. Birthplace of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 75.5; Black, 0.6; Hispanic, 22.6; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 1.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 256; deaths, 318; marriages, 193; divorces, 68.

Recreation: Among leading deer-hunting areas; numerous historic sites and tourist attractions include LBJ Ranch, Nimitz Hotel and Pacific war museum; Pioneer Museum Complex, Enchanted Rock, wineries, produce stands.

Minerals: Sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, wine, hay, peaches (first in acreage). Market value $46.1 million. Hunting leases important.

FREDERICKSBURG (11,075) county seat; agribusiness, tourism, wineries, food processing; museum; tourist attractions; hospital; Easter Fires, Oktoberfest.

Other towns include: Doss (100); Harper (1,291) ranching, deer hunting, Dachshund Hounds Downs race and Trades Day in October; Luckenbach (25) saloon, general store and dance hall; Stonewall (513) agribusiness, wineries, tourism, hunting, Peach Jamboree in June, and Willow City (22) scenic drive.

Gillespie pronunciation

 

Lange's Mill near Doss

Lange's Mill, which dates from 1849, near Doss. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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