China Spring

China Spring (China Springs) is on Farm Road 1637 twelve miles northwest of Waco in northwestern McLennan County. Settlement of the area began as early as 1860, and the community was founded in 1867. It was named for a spring in a chinaberry grove. A post office was established at China Spring in May 1873 with Charles S. Eichelberger as postmaster. By the early 1880s the community had five steam cotton gins and gristmills, three general stores, a Methodist church, and 200 residents. Cotton, corn, and wool were the principal shipments from the area. Population estimates for the community fell to 100 in the early 1890s but rose to 250 by 1896.

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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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

China Spring is classified as a Town

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Locations

  • Latitude
    31.59183090
    Longitude
    -97.29750960

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Yes

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Population Counts

China Spring
Pop. Year Source
1,436 2020 United States Census Bureau
1,419 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,281 2010 United States Census Bureau