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Milam County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area (sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
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Per Capita Inc.
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Retail Sales

24,167
– 2.4
1,021.8
1,016.9
250–648
36.97
33.8
88.7
10,994
6.4
$59,115,153
$37,727
$3,060,543,336
$179,074,621

map for Milam County
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Physical Features: East central county of partly level Blackland; southeast rolling to Post Oak Belt; Brazos, Little rivers; Alcoa Lake.

Economy: Lignite mining, aluminum, other manufacturing, agribusiness.

locator map for Milam County

History: Lipan Apaches, Tonkawas and Comanches in area. Mission San Francisco Xavier established 1745–1748. Anglo-American settlers arrived in 1834 and a private fort was established in 1840 at Bryant Station to help protect the settlers from Indian raids. County created  in 1836 from municipality named for Ben Milam, a leader who died at the battle for San Antonio in December 1835; organized in 1837.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 64.1; Black, 10.1; Hispanic, 24.8; Asian, 0.6; Other, 2.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 312; deaths, 292; marriages, 125; divorces, 92.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; historic sites include Fort Sullivan, Indian battlegrounds, mission sites; museum in old jail at Cameron, El Camino Real.

Minerals: Large lignite deposits, barite, limited oil and gas production.

Agriculture: Cattle, poultry (first in number of turkeys), corn. Market value $144.7  million.

CAMERON (5,680) county seat; government/services, manufacturing; hospital, library; dewberry festival in April.

ROCKDALE (5,701) aluminum plant, government/services; hospital, juvenile detention center.

Other towns include: Buckholts (551); Burlington (100); Davilla (191); Gause (425); Milano (456); Thorndale (1,380) agribusiness, farming, ranching, antiques, barbecue cook-off in June.

Milam County Courthouse in Cameron

The Milam County Courthouse in Cameron. Photo by Larry D. Moore (CC).

 

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