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County
Live Oak
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 1,848
2000 Census - 1,878
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Towns
Three Rivers, Texas
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Three Rivers Texas History:
Three Rivers was first named Hamiltonburg after Annie T. Hamilton who paid the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad to build a depot on her land in 1913. Charles Tips organized a townsite company and sold town lots. Because the mail was often mistakenly sent to Hamilton, Texas, the residents asked for a name change. Tips suggested the town be renamed for the three rivers located near the town. The post office was renamed Three Rivers in 1914. The Atascosa and Frio Rivers join 3 miles northwest of the town, and the Nueces River joins the combined Atascosa/Frio River south of town. In 1920 Diamond Shamrock built a refinery after natural gas was discovered near town. In 1922 the first glass factory in Texas was built in Three Rivers. In 1937 the company was sold to the Ball Glass Company which was forced to close in 1938. The huge Valero Refinery (the former Diamond Shamrock refinery) gives the local economy a huge boost. Because of the great fishing at the nearby Choke Canyon Reservoir and in the three nearby rivers, the town often fills up with sports fishermen on weekends. The Three Rivers area also offers good deer hunting. Three Rivers is located at the intersection of U.S. 281 and SH 72, three miles west of IH-35, 10 miles north of George West, 72 miles south of San Antonio, and almost equal distance northwest of Corpus Christi, Texas. 
 
Historic Site of Three Rivers Glass Factory, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Opened 1922 by company headed by Charles R. Tips (b. 1892), the founder of town of Three Rivers. Powered by local natural gas, plant used quartzose sand mined in area to make glass bottles for milk and other beverages and jars for food and cosmetics, attaining annual gross sales of a million dollars. Sold in 1937 to Ball Glass Company, it was closed in 1938, but had shown Texas' potential in the industry. In later years, factory site became location of a warehouse. Glass with Three Rivers cipher is highly prized by collectors.”
 
Historic Early Schools in Live Oak County, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Until the 1870s, Live Oak County had private schools taught by clergymen and ranch employees in cabins, brush arbors, dugouts. County Judge G.W. Jones initiated (1876) community schools with tuition set at 7 1/2 cents a day per student. In time there were 43 of these small schools. Oakville in 1881 erected the county's first building for a free school and in 1899 had the first independent district. By 1917 George West and Three Rivers also had independent districts. Consolidations began in 1940, when the county had 9,799 people. By 1970, two consolidated schools served the entire county.”
 
Rialto Theatre, 1948:
The Hall Brothers built 22 Rialto Theatres beginning in 1922 with the Rialto Theatre in Beeville, Texas.
The Three Rivers theatre closed in 1981, was renovated, and reopened in 2008. The theatre retains its original marquee; vintage movie memorabilia and old photos are on display in the lobby. A separate soundproof room is available for mothers and babies. (361) 786-4400. Movie Times: (361) 786-4403.106 W. Thornton Street. The theatre is located on the south side of the town square. 
 
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) 786-3037. 102 Le Roy Street. Email
 
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 Three Rivers Salsa Festival, Mid-April:
Activities include an amateur salsa making competition, two live entertainment stages, over 50 food and arts & crafts booths, a children’s area, tastings of commercial salsas, a street dance, the Salsa Fest Motorcycle Contest and Poker Run, and the “Hotter than Salsa Bike Ride.” Admission is free. (888) 600-3115. (361) 786-4330. Email
 
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
 
Restaurants In George West, Three Rivers, and Van, Texas:
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Taqueria Vallarta, Three Rivers:
(361) 786-2961. 1408 North Harborth Street, Three Rivers. Reviews
 
Sowells BBQ, Three Rivers:
(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