Centerville, Leon County, Texas

Centerville, Leon County, Texas

Downtown view of Centerville, the seat of Leon County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Centerville (Centreville), the county seat of Leon County, is at the intersection of State highways 7 and 75, Interstate Highway 45, and Farm Road 1119, between two branches of Keechi Creek in central Leon County. When it became clear that Leona was an inconvenient county seat and did not meet the legislative requirement for centrality within the county, Centreville, named for its location, was laid out as the new county seat in 1850. In October of that year the county records were moved to the new community. A courthouse was also erected that year, and a post office was opened in December. From 1852 to 1856 the Leon Pioneer was published in the community. It was succeeded by a series of newspapers, including the Centreville Times, the Texas Times, the Experiment, the Leon Lone Star, the Democrat, and the Leon County News. In 1990 the community was served by the Centerville News. School was first taught in the community in 1851 in the back of a store, and a church, shared by several denominations, was built about the same time. In 1853 Frederick Law Olmstead stayed in the Centreville Hotel, a drafty log cabin. The original courthouse was replaced by a brick building in 1858.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
905 2020 United States Census Bureau
909 2019 Texas Demographic Center
892 2010 United States Census Bureau
903 2000 United States Census Bureau
812 1990 United States Census Bureau
799 1980 United States Census Bureau
831 1970 United States Census Bureau
836 1960 United States Census Bureau
961 1950 United States Census Bureau
900 1940 United States Census Bureau
388 1930 United States Census Bureau
500 1920 United States Census Bureau
318 1900 United States Census Bureau
288 1890 United States Census Bureau
223 1880 United States Census Bureau