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
4,206 2020 United States Census Bureau
4,523 2019 Texas Demographic Center
4,097 2010 United States Census Bureau
3,794 2000 United States Census Bureau
3,378 1990 United States Census Bureau
2,860 1980 United States Census Bureau
2,371 1970 United States Census Bureau
2,218 1960 United States Census Bureau
2,112 1950 United States Census Bureau
1,347 1940 United States Census Bureau
1,533 1930 United States Census Bureau