Cameron is the southernmost county of the state of Texas, with Brownsville as the county seat. It was established in 1848 and named after Mier expedition member Captain Ewen Cameron. Agriculture is a big factor in the county’s economy and was one of the state’s biggest producers of cotton and sorghum. It is also very rich in agricultural products such as corn, sugarcane, hay, soybeans, onions, cabbage, cantaloupes, bell peppers, watermelons, cucumbers, carrots, honeydew melons, tomatoes, grapefruit, oranges, and pecans, along with cattle and hogs. Other prime economic segments in the county are vegetables and fruits processing, fishing and seafood processing, light manufacturing, and petroleum. Major tourist and recreation attractions include the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, Resaca de la Palma Site State Park, Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Structure, Brazos Island State Scenic Park, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the Old Brulay Plantation, and the García Pasture. The county is also teeming with special events like the Tourist Festival and Shuffleboard Tourney, the Winter Olympics, the Cameron County Livestock Show, Golden Gloves Boxing, Charro Days, the Winter Texan Fishing Tourney, the Valley Music Festival, the Tip O'Texas Wildcat Show, Little Bit of Mexico, the All-Valley Winter Texans Golden Tourney, Riofest, the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet, the Texas International Fishing Tournament, Seafest, Fiesta Internacional, and the Welcome Home Winter Texans Party.
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