101 feet above sea level.
1,086 square miles (county).
Average Temperature :
70° F. with prevailing south-southeast wind.
70 miles southwest of Houston and 50 miles
northeast of Victoria; bisected by
U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 71;
latitude 96 and longitude 29.
10,945 (2000 est).
Once the largest shipping point for prairie hay in the United States, the community was known as “Pearl of
the Prairie” and then “Prairie Switch” in the late 1880’s. Mexican cowboys termed this
settlement as “The Campo”, which later became El Campo. The city was incorporated in 1905.
Police Department with 22 police officers:
Fire Department with 58 volunteers; EMS.
Electricity: AEP / Central Power & Light and Wharton
County Electric Cooperative.
Gas: Reliant Energy Entex.
Water/Sewer: City of El Campo.
Telephone: Southwestern Bell.
El Campo Independent School District includes: 1 High School, 1 Middle School, and 3 Elementary Schools, student enrollment
is 3,650. Also, St. Philips Catholic School (private) with grades one through eight, and El Campo Mennonite School, grades one
Wharton County Junior College (12 miles away) offers two-year associate level and vocational / technical programs; University
of Houston-Victoria (50 miles away) offers four-year bachelor’s and vocational/technical curriculums.
Post Office; Wharton County Branch Library;
4 Full-Service Banks and 1 Savings and Loan;
6 Motels; 4 Apartment Complexes;
2 Retirement Housing Complexes, and 1 Assisted Living Center.
Memorial Hospital-El Campo (60-bed full service);
2 Clinics; 1 Nursing Home; 35 Physicians
and 9 Dentists.
Semi-weekly Newspaper (El Campo Leader-News);
One Radio Station (KULP-1390 AM);
Cable Television available (Mid-Coast Cable TV with
49 basic channels plus Premium Channels & Pay-Per-View).
12 representing 10 denominations.
7 parks; 1 swimming pool; 14 tennis courts; Private 9-hole course (El Campo Country Club) with swimming pool, tennis courts and restaurant/ bar; El Campo Civic Center–a 40,000 square foot facility with six meeting rooms, full kitchen, covered patio area and playground for children is available for conventions, receptions seminars, parties, banquets, etc, and Big-Game Trophy Museum located in Civic Center features exhibits of animals from all over the world donated by Dr. E.A. Weinheimer and maintained/operated by the El Campo Museum Society; Wharton County Historical Museum (15 miles away) includes displays of early Wharton County historical significance; Boys & Girls’ Club of El Campo open afternoons includes various programs and activities for children ages 5 through 18; area is well known for its excellent waterfowl hunting; numerous restaurants, retail shops and craft and antique stores; indoor roller-skating rink (Skate City, USA); three screen modern movie theater featuring the latest releases; Little League program; over 80 civic and social clubs and organizations; two-field softball park complex with walking/jogging path, exercise stations, concession stand, covered patio area and playground equipment.
Based on agriculture, oil and gas, and light manufacturing; Wharton County is the largest rice producing county in Texas and third largest in the United States, also heavy cotton, corn, milo and grain sorghum producer.