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County
Live Oak
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 2,445
2000 Census - 2,524
Nearby
Towns
George West, Texas
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George West Texas History:  
George Washington West established a ranch in the area in 1880. In 1912, he donated $100,000 and 13 miles of railroad right-of-way to the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad. He donated land for the town of George West, donated money for the county courthouse, and built roads, schools, and utility services.. The railroad arrived in 1913, and the town was formally registered in 1914. In 1919, George West became the Live Oak County seat. During the town’s earliest years, ranching and farming were primary economic activities. In the 1920s, oil and gas were added to the town’s economic base. The area is well known for its great Choke Canyon Reservoir fishing, and excellent deer, dove and quail hunting. The Nueces River is located on the east side of town. George West is located at the intersection of U.S. 59 and U.S. 281, 5 miles west of IH-37, 41 miles north of Alice, 23 miles west of Beeville, 63 miles north of Corpus Christi, and 85 miles south of San Antonio, Texas.
 
Historic Buck West Home:
This former home of George West’s nephew is one of the oldest homes in town. It now houses the Chamber of Commerce. The chamber hosts a first Monday in December Santa Claus visit for kids. (361) 449-1556. 406 Nueces Street.
 
Live Oak County Courthouse, 1919:
This brick courthouse was designed in Texas Renaissance style by famed architect Alfred Giles who is well-known for his Second Empire style courthouses. A later addition was added to the rear of the courthouse. Geronimo, once the lead steer for George Washington West, was stuffed and put on display in a glass fronted pavilion located on the courthouse lawn. The 2010 Live Oak County census was 11,531. 301 West Houston Street.
 
Grace Armantrout Museum:
Grace Armantrout was a lifelong resident of George West. She purchased land that eventually produced oil and gas. She remained single, lived in a 12 room house, and was an avid collector of antiques, historical artifacts, and other objects. Upon her death in 1990, she left her entire estate in trust to the City of George West. The museum opened in 1995. It features historical exhibits and artifacts from George Washington West, Grace’s collections, vintage furniture, antique firearms, seashells, period furniture, rocks and fossils, china and glassware, lamps and lanterns, farm and ranch equipment, arts, spurs, saddles, sheet music, a piano, a record player, an Edison cylinder player, a radio, a mammoth tusk, a 1890s soda fountain and a 1920s railroad caboose. The museum records George West family history stories. It hosts summer programs for children and adults. Their monthly brown bag lunches feature a speaker. Open Wed-Fri, 1pm-5pm; Sat, 12 noon-4pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm. (361) 449-3325. The museum is located on U.S. 281 South, 0.5 miles south of U.S. 59.  
 
Dobie-West Performing Arts Theatre:
The renovated 1946 West Theatre was renamed after James Frank Dobie, folklorist and a native of Live Oak County. Frank Dobie lived in Austin for many years. Folklorist and humorist Frank Dobie, naturalist Roy Bedichek, and historian Walter Prescott Webb are memorialized in the Philosopher’s Sculpture adjacent to Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park, Austin, Texas. The theater hosts community meetings, plays, musicals, the George West Storyfest, and educational events. The theatre is located on the Live Oak County Courthouse Square at 313 Houston Street. Dobie’s Texas Historical Marker is located across the street from the theater building.
 
Live Oak County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 11:30am-6pm; Fri, 1pm-5pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; closed Sundays. (361) 449-1124. 402 Houston Street.
 
Annual Live Oak County Fair & Rodeo, 3rd Weekend in March, Three Rivers:
Activities include a pageant, rodeo, parade, livestock show, a bake sale, an auction, a carnival, a dance and a cabrito cook-off. This event is held at the Live Oak County Fairgrounds in Three Rivers. The parade is sometimes held in George West. The Live Oak County Fairgrounds are located on old Business U.S. 281, midway between Three Rivers and George West, Texas. (361) 449-1703. Email  
 
Annual George West Storyfest, 1st Saturday in November:
George West is billed as the “Storytelling Capital of Texas” Storyfest is held the first Saturday each November. Event activities include cowboy poetry, a liar’s contest, sacred stories, children’s activities, live music (bluegrass to 1950s rock-n-roll), a street dance, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a classic car show, a community breakfast at the Buck West House, the Red Little Red Wagon Parade, living history presentations, a freestyle stunt team, a wetlands exhibit, food vendors and arts and crafts. This event is held on the courthouse Square and street sidewalks at 301 West Houston Street. (361) 449-2481. Email  Facebook 
 
Annual Brush Country Big Buck Contest, George West TX:
The contest is available for all ages and includes gun and archery contests. Separate divisions are available for low and high fenced properties. (361) 449-2033. (888) 909-3514. The deer check-in point is at Crossroads Quickstop and Café at the corner of U.S. Business 59 and U.S. 281 in George West. Email
 
Annual Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Visit, 1st Monday in Dec:
The Chamber of Commerce hosts a visit by Santa for kids at their office in the Buck West house. (361) 449-2033. (888) 909-3514. 406 Nueces Street. Email
 
Restaurants In George West, Three Rivers, and Van, Texas:
I checked restaurant reviews for George West, Three Rivers, and Van, Texas. Reviews were scarce. I found three I am comfortable listing.
 
Taqueria Vallarta, Three Rivers: 3-1
(361) 786-2961. 1408 North Harborth Street, Three Rivers. Reviews
 
Sowells BBQ, Three Rivers: 5-1
(361) 786-3333. 114 West Thornton Street, Three Rivers. Reviews  
 
Las Tres Hermanas Mexican Restaurant, George West:
 (361) 449-3141. 601 Nueces Street, George West. Reviews