Bellville, Texas

Bellville, Texas

View of downtown Bellville, the seat of Austin County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Bellville, the county seat of Austin County, is at the junction of State highways 36 and 159 and Farm roads 529, 1456, and 2429, in central Austin County. The town was named for Thomas B. Bell, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, who came to Texas in 1822 and built a residence in the Bellville vicinity in 1838. In 1846 voters decided to replace San Felipe as county seat with a new community near the geographic center of the county. Bell offered to donate 108 acres from the Nichols league for the new town. His offer, plus 37½ acres from his brother James Bell, was officially accepted the following year, and the site was surveyed and laid out in 1848. A post office was opened in 1849, and a temporary log courthouse was erected around the same time. In 1850 this courthouse was replaced by a larger structure in the central square. During the early 1850s several merchants, including Hermann Miller and a man named Strother, opened stores around the square. A new brick courthouse was begun in 1854, and other businesses opened in the late 1850s.

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
4,523 2019 Texas Demographic Center
4,097 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,794 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,378 1990 Texas Demographic Center
2,860 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,371 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,218 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,112 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,347 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,533 1930 Texas Demographic Center