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GEORGE WEST, TEXAS

Live Oak County Seat, South Texas
Junction US 281 and US 59
41 miles N of Alice
23 miles W of Beeville

90 miles S of San Antonio
63 miles NW of Corpus Christi via I-37
Population: 2,524 (2000) 2,586 (1990)

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TX - Live Oak County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
Live Oak County Courthouse
History in a Pecan Shell

George West was a rancher who had dreams of building his own town.

He settled in the area in the early 1900s, and in 1912 he granted a right-of-way to the railroad, insuring that his town would have a good chance of surviving. The railroad (The San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf) came to town the following year. Mr. West built most every building in the town including the power plant.

Although the population was a mere 200 people in 1925 - oil and gas discoveries brought an additional 800 people to town by 1929. Uranium was discovered in the 1950s and George West experienced a little growth because of it. The population has held around the 2,600 mark for the last 20 years.

George West Attractions

  • Live Oak County Courthouse
  • Buck West House - 361-449-2033
    400 N. Nueces (US 281).
    Former home of George West's nephew.
    Today houses the George West Chamber of Commerce.
  • Grace Armantrout Museum - 361-449-3325
    On Highway 281 - just south of town
  • Live Oak County Museum - In Live Oak County Courthouse


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  • Live Oak County Towns & Ghost Towns
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  • George West Tx - West Hotel
    West Hotel Emporium (a renovated 1919 hotel)
    100 Houston St. (Business US 59)

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
    George West Tx - ODD Bldg
    ODD Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
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    Former theatre in George West
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    Selena mural in George West, Texas
    Selena mural
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
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    Ful-O-Pep Feeds
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
    Fedral prison sign, George West, Texas
    Federal Prison sign
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
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    Alice
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