Alvarado, Texas

Alvarado, Texas

View of downtown Alvarado, a city eastern Johnson County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Alvarado, the oldest town in Johnson County, is at the junction of U.S. highways 67 and 81 and Interstate Highway 35W, fifteen miles east of Cleburne in eastern Johnson County. In the winter of 1849 William Balch staked out a claim near an old Indian trail. His family did not last until spring but returned in 1851. Two years later Balch and a fellow settler, G. H. Sigler, laid out half-acre town lots. The community's first sheriff, A. H. Onstoott, is credited with naming Alvarado for Alvaredo, Vera Cruz, Mexico, where he fought in a battle during the Mexican War. By the summer of 1854 Alvarado had an estimated 100 families and postal service. The focus of the town was a two-story building, where the Masonic lodge held its meetings and an elementary school conducted classes. There was also an Alvarado College, operated by John C. Collier. The town had four churches, more than a dozen businesses, and 350 residents.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
4,574 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,785 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,288 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,918 1990 Texas Demographic Center
2,701 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,129 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,907 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,656 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,324 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,210 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,284 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,155 1910 Texas Demographic Center
1,342 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,543 1890 Texas Demographic Center