The county of Refugio, located south of the Texas State, was established in 1836 and organized in 1837. It was named after Nuestra Señora del Refugio Mission, the last of the Spanish missions in the state. This county has been economically dependent on its agriculture, petroleum, and petrochemical industries; beef cattle, sorghum, cotton, corn, and wheat were its major agricultural products but pecans and watermelons are also grown in this area. Refugio County also features historical and recreational sites from the Refugio County Museum to the Copano Bay. Thus, tourism also plays a significant role in its economy; the town of Refugio holds an “Old-Fashioned Fourth” and State Frog-Jumping Contest every July, and a County Fair every October. Southern comfort food, along with traditional Louisiana, Italian, and American cuisines serve this county.
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