Cisco, Texas

Cisco, Texas

Downtown Cisco, a city in northwestern Eastland County, Texas Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Cisco, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 183 and Interstate Highway 20, in northwestern Eastland County, traces its history back to 1878 or 1879, when Rev. C. G. Stevens arrived in the area, established a post office and a church, and called the frontier settlement Red Gap. About six families were already living nearby, and W. T. Caldwell was running a store a half mile to the west. In 1881 the Houston and Texas Central Railway crossed the Texas and Pacific, which had come through the year before, at a point near Red Gap, and the settlement's inhabitants moved their town to the crossing. Three years later the town was officially recognized and a new post office granted; the town's name was changed to Cisco for John A. Cisco, a New York financier largely responsible for the building of the Houston and Texas Central.

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
3,860 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,899 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,851 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,813 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,517 1980 Texas Demographic Center
4,160 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,499 1960 Texas Demographic Center
5,230 1950 Texas Demographic Center
4,868 1940 Texas Demographic Center
6,027 1930 Texas Demographic Center
7,422 1920 Texas Demographic Center
2,410 1910 Texas Demographic Center
1,514 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,063 1890 Texas Demographic Center