The county of Waller, located in the south-eastern region of the Texas state, was established and organized in 1873. It was named after Edwin Waller, a signatory of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first mayor of Austin, Texas. This county has been economically dependent on its farming, ranching, education, and equine-related industries; cattle, rice, hay, greenhouse nurseries, turfgrass, Christmas trees, watermelons, and woody crops were its major agricultural products. It also features interesting historical sites and museums, and it is known to be a good fishing and hunting area. Its county seat is a large vegetable market, and it celebrates a watermelon fest every July. Moreover, this county specializes in barbecues, sausages, seafood, homestyle meals, pizzas, and Tex-Mex delicacies.