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El Campo
Wharton County, Texas


Pearl of the Prairie

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Statistics & Facts

The Texas state capital is Austin.
The population of El Campo is approximately 10,511 (1990), 11602 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 4,133 (1990), 4140 (2010).
The amount of land area in El Campo is 14.781 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from El Campo to Washington DC is 1330 miles.
The distance to the Texas state capital is 118 miles. (as the crow flies)
El Campo is positioned 29.19 degrees north of the equator and 96.27 degrees west of the prime meridian.


about eighty miles south of Houston
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History & History Related Items

In the late 1800s cowboys would drive cattle to the train tracks in the middle of the prairie here and would set up camp. This wasbefore El Campo was founded. A beacon that "gleamed like a pearl in the night" was located at the train tracks where the men camped and the cattle would be loaded on the train. Hence the name El Campo which is translated The Camp, and Pearl of the Prairie for the shining light.
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El Campo Historical Events

2004, July 14
My rescue by El Campo's EMT Rhonda Farrar
Place: Garner State Park
Time: 2;00 AM
Mine is short story, but one I feel I need to share with you.
My husband and I are in our fifties, had purchased a new pop-up camper and headed for Garner State Park. We were having an amazing time- the beautiful area, the water, the wildlife- totally unbelievable!! We had met some of the nicest people and we're thoroughly enjoying ourselves. On our last night there, my husband had a "seizure." "Bruce Mills and wife Judy (whom I had not met before) came over immediately to help w/my husband- Before the ambulance could arrive, and EMT named Rhonda Farrar popped in and started taking "vitals." She took complete, confident control over the situation. After the Ambulance took my husband to "Uvalde?", Ms Rhonda's job did not end there. She stayed w/me through the night-drove me around (as I'm not much of a driver) cared for me while the hospital cared for my husband. Rhonda went above and beyond the call of duty that night. She is a special woman with a very special heart!!! 'Thank you God' for sending me Rhonda and 'Thank You' Rhonda for being there!!!
Sincerely and with all my love to you,
Kathleen Matteson

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