Introduction to Crystal City, Texas
Crystal City History
Crystal City was originally settled by American ranchers and farmers. It was incorporated in 1910, and in 1928 it became the county seat of Zavala County, which was established in 1846. The city was named after the crystal-clear water of the local wells. Spinach is major cash crop supporting the city’s economy and on March 26, 1937, spinach growers erected a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character that contributed to the great popularity of this vegetable. Crystal City is also known as the "Spinach Capital of the World."
Crystal City and Nearby Attractions
- Garner Memorial Museum
- Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
- Medina County Museum
- Hill Country State Natural Area
Things To Do In Crystal City
Crystal City organizes the Spinach Festival annually during the first weekend of November. The remains of a Japanese internment camp from the World War is an interesting historical destination. The city is home to Rice River Ranch which has facilities for deer hunting and fishing on the Nueces River. Garner Memorial Museum, Hill Country State Natural Area, and Lake Casa Blanca International State Park are other popular destinations.
Crystal City Transportation
Laredo International Airport is the closest major airport.
Crystal City Higher Education
Southwest Texas Junior College, Laredo Community College, Texas A & M International University, and Palo Alto College are the nearest colleges and universities.