Presidio County State of the Community Reprort
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Presidio County, Texas is nestled in far west Texas (Trans-Pecos) next to Big Bend National Park. This county presented a unique challenge due to the limited amount of information available to the general public. Request for information were sent via email to county officials and well as the Mayor of Marfa and Presidio Cities. This report covers the state of the community including the people, economy, housing, land use and environment, and transportation infrastructure. Data was collected from the US Census Bureau, the Texas Real Estate Center, the Texas Almanac and various published articles available on the internet. We address issues and concerns that were discussed via telephone with Ann Dunlap, the Mayor’s wife of Marfa, Texas.
DescriptionLocated in the Trans-Pecos region and partially in the Chihuahuan Desert, Presidio County was formed from Bexar County in 1850 and was originally the largest county in the US covering some 12,000 square miles. The boundaries were changed in 1883 dividing it into 3 other counties giving way to its current shape, covering 3,856 square miles making it the fourth largest county in Texas (Smith, 2010). The population fluctuated with the coming and going of US Troops supported at two Army bases in the county from World War I to shortly after World War II. The economy is primarily agriculture and tourism. The county has limited transportation infrastructure to cover the vast lands. The total road network of the county consists of 288.6 miles to cover the almost 4,000 square miles.
Xiao, Dong; Hwang, Jinuk; McCharen, Rob (2015). Presidio County State of the Community Reprort. Texas A&M. Available electronically from
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