Place:Cameron, Texas, United States

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Cameron County is the southernmost county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 406,220. Its county seat is Brownsville. Cameron County was founded in 1848 and is named for Captain Ewen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and in the ill-fated Mier Expedition.

Cameron County is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville Combined Statistical Area.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1848 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1848 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1848 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1848 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1849 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1930 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 8,541
1860 6,028
1870 10,999
1880 14,959
1890 14,424
1900 16,095
1910 27,158
1920 36,662
1930 77,540
1940 83,202
1950 125,170
1960 151,098
1970 140,368
1980 209,727
1990 260,120

Note: Cameron, Encinal, Starr, Webb, Zapata: In 1850 Starr and Webb (including areas subsequently in Encinal and Zapata) were reported with Cameron.

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