Dimmit County, in Texas, is a small area with a population of under 10,000.
The county seat of Carrizo Springs is home to over half of the county’s population, and is named for the local springs. The Spanish named them for the cane grass that once grew around the springs. Carrizo Springs’ artesian wells are known for their pure, clean water that is often exported for use as holy water.
Dimmit County itself is named for Philip Dimmitt, a major figure during the Texas Revolution. The discrepancy in spelling is due to a clerical error when the bill to create the county was written.
Located in southern Texas, Dimmit County is bordered by Zavala, La Salle, Webb, and Maverick counties. Dimmit County’s largest industries are ranching and farming, with nearly 90 percent of the county’s land devoted to those industries in the early 1980s.
In fact, Dimmit County is included as part of the Winter Garden Region of Texas, as they produce many vegetables that are considered “winter.” Other resources include caliche, industrial sand, sand, gravel, oil, gas, and lignite coal. A significant portion of Dimmit County’s economy is dependent on oil and gas.
Of course, the largest industry in Dimmit County is ranching. Quail and cattle and calves are the largest subsection of livestock produced in the county, while the top crops include wheat and hay.
Dimmit County is a quiet, beautiful area of southern Texas with lots of potential for a quality lifestyle and investment. The small towns continue to grow, while ranches are sure to continue dominating the economy.