About This Place
Crystal City is a city in and the county seat of Zavala County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,190 at the 2000 census. The mascot of Crystal City High School is the Javelina.
South of Crystal City on U.S. Highway 83 is Ecoloclean Industries, Inc., founded in 2001. The company engages in the manufacture and sale of machines for the treatment of contaminated water. In 2005, the company was retained by officials in Biloxi, Mississippi, to provide drinking water to Hurricane Katrina victims and to establish water remediation needed in the aftermath of the storm along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. One of the Ecoloclean officers is former Louisiana State Representative Terry W. Gee.
Crystal City was originally settled by American farmers and ranchers producing cattle and various crops. The successful production of spinach crops evolved into a dominant industry. By March 26, 1937, spinach growers had erected a statue of the cartoon character Popeye in the town because his reliance on spinach for strength led to greater popularity for the vegetable, which had become a staple cash crop of the local economy. See the Popeye statue web entry.