Carrizo Springs

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Carrizo Springs, the county seat of Dimmit County, is on U.S. Highway 83 eight miles northwest of Asherton. The name of the town comes from the local springs, which were named by the Spanish for the cane grass that once grew around them. Carrizo Springs is the oldest town in Dimmit County; it was founded in 1865 by a group of fifteen families from Atascosa County, led by Levi English, who had visited the area earlier. A second group of settlers arrived from Goliad about two years later.

The Carrizo Springs settlement was still quite small in 1880, when Dimmit County was organized. Nevertheless, as the largest and oldest community in the county, it was designated the county seat. In 1880 English donated a parcel of land for a townsite, including land designated for schools, churches, and a courthouse. The town began to grow, and the residents constructed their homes of solid, lasting materials. In 1881 a local group of Masons helped to build the first schoolhouse in Carrizo Springs, and two years later construction began on a courthouse. A newspaper, the Carrizo Springs Javelin, began operations in 1884. By 1885 Carrizo Springs had two churches, at least one grocery, a livery stable, a harness and boot shop, and a population of 900. By 1892 the town also had two druggists, a steam gristmill and gin, and a nursery.

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Carrizo Springs is classified as a Town


Latitude: 28.52660110
Longitude: -99.85887900

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Population Counts

Carrizo Springs
Pop. Year Source
4,892 2020 United States Census Bureau
5,852 2019 Texas Demographic Center
5,368 2010 United States Census Bureau
5,655 2000 United States Census Bureau
5,745 1990 United States Census Bureau
6,886 1980 United States Census Bureau
5,374 1970 United States Census Bureau
5,699 1960 United States Census Bureau
4,316 1950 United States Census Bureau
2,494 1940 United States Census Bureau
2,171 1930 United States Census Bureau
954 1920 United States Census Bureau