Albany, Texas

Albany, Texas

View of the downtown area of Albany, Texas, seat of Shackelford County, Texas. Photograph Credit: Carol M. Highsmith, Public Domain Photo via the Library of Congress.
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Albany, the county seat of Shackelford County, is at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 283, in the central part of the county. The townsite was donated by Henry C. Jacobs, the first sheriff. William Cruger named the town for his former home, Albany, Georgia. One of the town's Bicentennial projects was a rock fountain dedicated to the memory of the Georgia volunteers killed in the Goliad Massacre during the Texas Revolution.

The site was selected for a county seat to supersede Fort Griffin on November 8, 1874. The public sale of town lots took place on August 2, 1875; within a few months T. E. Jackson built a general store. Cattle drivers going up the Western Trail to Dodge City soon began to use the town as a supply point. The arrival of the Texas Central Railroad in December 1881 made Albany a shipping point for cattle. An election on July 20, 1883, authorized Albany's first public school system, which covered eight square miles; by 1986 the Albany system covered 560 square miles. In 1883 the Albany News superseded the Albany Star. The Shackelford County Courthouse was built that same year.

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Place type

Albany is classified as a Town


Latitude: 32.72670700
Longitude: -99.29543200

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Albany by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
1,854 2020 United States Census Bureau
1,973 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,034 2010 United States Census Bureau
1,921 2000 United States Census Bureau
1,962 1990 United States Census Bureau
2,450 1980 United States Census Bureau
1,978 1970 United States Census Bureau
2,200 1960 United States Census Bureau
2,255 1950 United States Census Bureau
2,230 1940 United States Census Bureau
2,422 1930 United States Census Bureau
1,469 1920 United States Census Bureau
999 1900 United States Census Bureau
857 1890 United States Census Bureau
129 1880 United States Census Bureau