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  By: Nevárez H.R. No. 1046
         WHEREAS, Proud residents of Brewster County are gathering in
  Austin on March 22, 2017, to celebrate Brewster County Day at the
  State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Situated in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas,
  Brewster County is the largest county in the state, nearly as large
  as the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island put together; its
  striking landscape includes mountains, desert, grasslands, and
  forest, which are rich with a variety of wildlife; and
         WHEREAS, The rugged terrain discouraged permanent settlement
  until after the Civil War, when the arrival of the railroad and the
  presence of the U.S. Army and the Texas Rangers enabled the rise of
  cattle ranching; Brewster County was established in 1887, after the
  discovery of mercury in 1884 touched off a mining boom, and by the
  early 20th century, the Chisos Mining Company was producing 20
  percent of the mercury in the nation; and
         WHEREAS, Today, the cattle industry, education, and tourism
  are essential to the county's economy and culture; located in the
  county seat of Alpine, Sul Ross State University offers students a
  wide range of bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as a
  low student-to-teacher ratio; Big Bend National Park features
  spectacular mountain, desert, and riverine landscapes and attracts
  up to 350,000 visitors a year, and the Terlingua International
  Championship Chili Cookoff, which is held every November, draws
  competitors from across the state and nation; and
         WHEREAS, The people of Brewster County take great pride in
  their region's abundant natural beauty and fascinating history, and
  it is indeed fitting to honor them and their unique contributions to
  the story of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize March 22, 2017, as Brewster County Day
  at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation sincere
  best wishes for an informative and enjoyable stay in Austin.