The county of Uvalde, located in the south-western region of the Texas state, was established in 1850 and organized in 1856. It was named after Juan de Ugalde (Americans knew him as Juan de Uvalde), the 1778 governor of Coahuila. This county has been economically dependent on its farming, ranching, hunting, light manufacturing, and tourism industries; cattle, sheep, goats, corn, cotton, sorghum, hay, wheat, and vegetables were its primary agricultural products. It also features interesting historical and recreational sites such as the John Nance Garner Museum, Uvalde Memorial Park, and the Garner State Park. Its county seat is home to The Uvalde Grand Opera House and the A&M Research Center; it also celebrates Fort Inge Day every April. Moreover, barbecue smokehouses, steakhouses, pizza parlors, and Tex-Mex restaurants dominate this county.