The town of George West was founded in 1912 and was named by its founder, George Washington West, who donated the land for the site. The county government relocated here from Oakville in 1914. Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie was born in 1888 on the family ranch south of town. The town's economy from 1920 to the 1980s was based on oil and gas, and uranium mining. In recent years, tourism has assumed an important role with the development of recreational areas at Choke Canyon and Lake Corpus Christi.
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