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|Much of the area had been
designated part of San Patricio County since 1836, but in 1855
a group of frontiersmen gathered under a huge live oak tree at
Gussettville and drew up a petition asking that a new
jurisdiction be instituted for their settlements. Acceding to
their request, the state legislature formed Live Oak County
from San Patricio and Nueces counties on February 2, 1856.
Later that year county officials accepted a donation of 640
acres for the townsite of Oakville, near the old settlement on
Sulfur Creek, and designated it the county seat. By 1858,
three settlements in the countyOakville, Gussettville, and
Echowere considered large enough to be granted post offices by
the federal government; in 1860 the census counted 593 people
in Live Oak County, most of them in the eastern part. In the
early years of settlement, residents usually lived on a
subsistence level, raising only small patches of crops, if
any, and killing wild game for meat. For money to buy
necessary supplies, they relied on the large herds of wild
cattle, hogs, and mustangs that grazed in the area. The market
for cattle and mustangs was limited in the early years of the
county, but some cattle were driven to coastal towns, and
mustangs, once broken, could be sold in San Antonio and East
Texas. There was greater demand for the meat, hides, and
tallow taken from the many wild hogs in the area. A single
family could capture and slaughter as many as a hundred hogs
in a year and sell the products in San Antonio, Tilden, or
Oakville. Eighty-five slaves were counted in Live Oak County
in 1860, but since there was virtually no commercial
agriculture in the area at the time, it is not clear how they
were employed. George West, the county's largest town and seat
of government, is in south central Live Oak County at the
intersection of U.S. highways 59 and 281.
|George West is a city in Live
Oak County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,524 at
the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Live Oak County.
George West was named the "storytelling capital of Texas" in
2005 by the Texas Senate; and it hosts the George West
Storyfest, a festival that features storytelling, cowboy
poetry, and music. Numerous ranches surround George
Cities, Towns and Populated Areas
* George West * Clegg *
Annarose * Dinero * Three Rivers
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