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County
Zavala
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 7,138
2000 Census - 7,190
Nearby
Towns
Crystal City, Texas
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Crystal City Texas History:
In 1905, developers Carl F. Groos and E.J. Buckingham purchased a 10,000 acre ranch near the Nueces River, platted the townsite, and sold off land in smaller farming parcels. The Crystal City post office was established in 1908, the same year the Crystal City and Uvalde Railway began providing rail service to the town. Crystal City became a retail and shipping center for area farmers who shipped onions, spinach and other produce. The town became known as the “Spinach Capital of the World.” The first annual Spinach Festival was held in 1936. In 1928, Crystal City became the county seat of Zavala County. The Popeye statue at City Hall was gifted to the city in 1937. A fiberglass replica of the statue stands outside City Hall; the real statue is located inside City Hall. Crystal City is located in the Winter Garden area of Texas. Its primary industry is vegetable farming. It is best known for its 1015 onions and its spinach crops. Del Monte operates a canning plant in the area. The cattle industry and hunting are also important to its economy. Fishing (bass, alligator gar, and catfish) is available in the Nueces, Leona and Frio Rivers, and in numerous creeks. The town is also located in the Golden Triangle area of South Texas, a premiere hunting area. Crystal City is located at the intersection of U.S. 83 and FM 393 (Pecos Street), 39.7 miles south of Uvalde, 60 miles southwest of Pearsall, 46.6 miles west of Dilley, 43 miles northwest of Cotulla, 52.6 miles northwest of Artesia Wells, 93 miles northwest of Laredo, 12 miles northeast of Carrizo Springs, 78 miles southeast of Brackettville, and 43.7 miles southeast of Eagle Pass, Texas.
 
Crystal City Internment Camp:
During World War II an internment camp was built utilizing buildings from a prewar labor camp. German, Italian, and Japanese families were interned at the camp from 1942 through 1947. When the camp was closed its buildings were taken over by the Zavala County ISD. Two Texas State Historical markers identify the camp and swimming pool. An annual former internee’s reunion began in 2002. (830) 374-5556. 
 
Zavala County Courthouse, 1970:
Batesville was the original Zavala County seat. A courthouse was constructed there in 1884. The original Crystal City courthouse was built in 1928. The current courthouse was designed in modern style by architect Gen P. Hobart. The 2010 Zavala County census was 11,677.
 
Southwest Texas Junior College, Crystal City Campus:
 (830) 374-3378. 215 W. Zavalla, Crystal City, 78839
 
Crystal City Memorial Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, audio book tapes, movies and music on CD, job hunting resources, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. (830) 374-0036. 101 East Dimmit Street.  
 
Annual Spinach Festival, 2nd Weekend of Nov:
Activities include a pageant and a ball, live music, food and other vendors, a 5K run, a spinach cook-off, a parade, carnival, a car show, and children’s entertainment. Activities take place at various locations. Contacts
 
Restaurants:
This restaurant information came from an Austin friend who owns a ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas. According to him the best area restaurants are in Crystal City and include Miguelito’s Mexican Grill, Richardo’s Latin American Restaurant, and Yolie’s Steakhouse and Mexican Restaurant; his favorite is Miguelito’s. In Carrizo Springs most people go to Rositas Restaurant. Other Carrizo Springs restaurants include Mi Casa Steakhouse and the Balia Restaurant; try them all and make your own decision (everyone has different tastes in food). Miguelito’s Reviews