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VICTORIA COUNTY, TEXAS

28 48' 0" N, 96 58' 12" W (28.8, -96.97)
Population: 92,467 est. (2016) 86,793 (2010)
Total area: 889 square miles (2,300 km2)
882 square miles (2,280 km2) land
6.7 square miles (17 km2) water

Victoria County Topics

  • History
  • Town List
  • Vintage Maps
  • Victoria County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Lavaca County (N) Jackson County (NE) Calhoun County (SE) Refugio County (S) Goliad County (SW) DeWitt County (NW)

    Victoria County History

    Historical Marker (on US 59 12 miles E of Victoria) :

    VICTORIA COUNTY

    Inhabited briefly by adventurer Cabeza de Vaca in 1530's and French explorer La Salle in 1680's. Site of 1720 Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga. Mission friars, sent here to Christianize and civilize the Karankawa Indians, laid foundation for the cattle industry of Texas, their stray stock forming nucleus for later vast herds of wild cattle. Presidio La Bahia, founded 1721 within present Victoria County, has been restored on a later site, in Goliad. Civilian settlement began in 1824 with Martin de Leon's grant from the Mexican government to plant a colony on the Guadalupe River. Placido Benavides, son-in-law of De Leon, commanded Victoria militia, which as part of army of Gen. Sam Houston, opposed Mexican countrymen during the Texas Revolution.

    After the establishment of the Republic of Texas, Victoria County was officially organized in 1837. Many settlers from the Old South immigrated to the area. Navigation of Guadalupe River began 1854 with line of steamers between Victoria and Indianola. Kemper's Bluff was principal cotton loading point. Known as "Cradle of the Cattle Industry in Texas", county remained principally agricultural and ranching area until oil was discovered in late 1930's.
    (1968)

    Victoria County Courthouse
    Texas Jackson County Courthouse
    Victoria County Courthouse
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    Victoria County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Victoria
    Hotels - Victoria Hotels
  • Bloomington
  • Coletoville ghost town
  • DaCosta
  • Guadalupe
  • Inez
  • McFaddin
  • Nursery
  • Raisin
  • Telferner
  • Victoria County seat

  • Victoria County Vintage Maps
    Victoria County TX 1907 Postal Map
    Victoria County 1907 postal map
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Victoria County TX 1920 Map
    Victoria County 1920s map
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Victoria County TX 1940 Map
    Victoria County 1940s map
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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