Cleburne, the county seat of Johnson County, is on U.S. Highway 67 thirty miles south of Fort Worth. Its origin and growth can be attributed to its role as a crossroads and transportation center. The site was near the earliest Johnson County road, an old wagon trail that was used by soldiers traveling from Fort Belknap to Fort Graham. The location had an excellent water source on West Buffalo Creek that attracted travelers, including cattlemen from the nearby Chisholm Trail. During the Civil War the site was used as a bivouac for Johnson County units marching off to war. This temporary facility, known as Camp Henderson, became a permanent settlement on March 23, 1867, when it became necessary to choose a new, centrally located county seat to replace Buchanan. The town was named in honor of Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne, under whom many of the men had fought during the Civil War.
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Cleburne is classified as a Town
- (Camp Henderson)
Has Post Office
Photos of Cleburne and surrounding areas
View of the Johnson County Courthouse in Cleburne, Texas.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.
Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas
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Cleburne by the Numbers
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|32,335||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|29,337||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|26,005||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|22,205||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|19,218||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|16,015||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|15,381||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|12,905||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|10,558||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,539||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|12,820||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|10,364||1910||Texas Demographic Center|
|7,493||1900||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,278||1890||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,855||1880||Texas Demographic Center|
|683||1870||Texas Demographic Center|