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sea level–94

map of Willacy County
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Physical Features:  Flat coastal prairie sloping toward Gulf; alluvial, sandy, marshy soils; Padre Island; La Sal Vieja, salt lake; wildlife refuge.

Economy: Agribusiness, oil, government/services.

History: Coahuiltecan area when Spanish explored in the 1500s. Spanish ranching began in the 1790s. County named for legislator John G. Willacy; created in 1911 from Cameron, Hidalgo counties, organized in 1912; reorganized in 1921 after most of its territory was given over to the newly created Kenedy County.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 8.6; Black, 2.7; Hispanic, 88.4; Asian, 0.9; Other, 0.8; Two or more races, 0.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 291; deaths, 151; marriages, 108; divorces, 50.

Recreation: Fresh and saltwater fishing, hunting of deer, turkey, dove; mild climate attracts many winter tourists; Padre Island National Seashore, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, sorghum, corn, vegetables, sugar cane; 20% of cropland irrigated. Livestock includes cattle, horses, goats, hogs. Market value $88.1 million.

RAYMONDVILLE (11,144) county seat; agribusiness, oil center, food processing, tourism, enterprise zone, prison; museum; Boot Fest in October.

Other towns include: Lasara (912); Lyford (2,576); Port Mansfield (168) charter fishing, bait and tackle, ecotourism/birding, nature trail, fishing tournament in July; San Perlita (565); Sebastian (1,734).

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Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield. Photo by Robert Plocheck.