Cistern

Cistern is on State Highway 95 twelve miles northwest of Flatonia near the southwestern point of Fayette County. The community, first called Whiteside's Prairie and then Cockrill's Hill in honor of two early landowners, was settled during the 1850s on a hill overlooking fertile prairie land. Water wells in the area contained such high concentrations of minerals that residents were forced to build cisterns to trap rainwater for domestic use. By the time the post office was established in 1858, the community was known as Cistern.

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

Cistern is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Cockrell's Hill)
  • (Whiteside's Prairie)

Locations

  • Latitude
    29.81578300
    Longitude
    -97.21860000

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

No

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Cistern by the Numbers

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Pop. Year Source
137 2009 Local Officials