El Campo Chamber of Commerce
Aug. 22, 2009 at 3:22 a.m.
El Campo Chamber of Commerce . 979-543-2713 . www.elcampochamber.com
In the 1880s, El Campo was the largest prairie hay shipping point in the United States. Cattle shipped by rail were handled mainly by Mexican cowboys.
The town became known as the "Pearl of the Prairie," perhaps because the light in the section house looked like a pearl across the prairie at night.
In 1889, the settlement took the Mexican name, "The Camp," or El Campo. Large portions of land were under government ownership at the time. Railroads were given grants of land in exchange for building roads and then the railroads would sell this land to settlers.
El Campo was incorporated in 1905 and celebrated its centennial on June 11, 2005.
The discovery of oil and natural gas in the 1930s brought petroleum and oil field-related industries to town. The petroleum industry brought new life to the local economy, spurred the development of modern technology and diversified the local economic base.
El Campo is in the center of an area known as the Coastal Plains of Texas. Its population is 10,946, but El Campo continues to grow and thrive on the same industries it always has: agriculture, oil and gas, and cattle.
El Campo is a great destination for world-class waterfowl hunting.
Other activities include visiting the El Campo Museum, touring the 24 historical hand-painted murals and several aquaculture farms.
Visitors can even make arrangements to experience life as a cowboy at the Pierce Ranch.
We have many facilities for family fun, including the indoor El Campo Aquatic Center, which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and 80-foot spiral slide and playscapes; El Campo Bowling Center, with 16 lanes, an arcade and sports bar; and an indoor skating rink at Silver Wings; and Showplace 3 Cinema.