El Campo is on U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 71, thirteen miles southwest of Wharton in south central Wharton County. The Lower Colorado River Authority provides water, and several creeks flow near the city limits. In 1882 a railroad camp called Prairie Switch was situated where El Campo now stands and served as a switching point on New York, Texas and Mexican Railway. Cowboys called the camp "Pearl of the Prairies." Located in the midst of cattle country, the camp was used by Mexican cowboys who changed the name to El Campo in 1890. Ranching was the chief industry, and thousands of cattle were shipped yearly to San Antonio. Four large ranches surrounded the settlement: the Texas Land and Cattle Company (KO Ranch) to the south, the Pierce Ranch to the east, the Herder Ranch to the west, and the Brown Ranch to the north.
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El Campo by the Numbers
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|12,350||2020||United States Census Bureau|
|11,782||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,602||2010||United States Census Bureau|
|10,945||2000||United States Census Bureau|
|10,511||1990||United States Census Bureau|
|10,462||1980||United States Census Bureau|
|9,332||1970||United States Census Bureau|
|7,700||1960||United States Census Bureau|
|6,237||1950||United States Census Bureau|
|3,906||1940||United States Census Bureau|
|2,034||1930||United States Census Bureau|
|1,766||1920||United States Census Bureau|
|17,788||1910||United States Census Bureau|