Cockrell Hill

Cockrell Hill is a mile south of Interstate Highway 30 and downtown Dallas in southwest Dallas County. It was named for either Wesley Cockrell or his cousin Alexander Cockrell, an early Dallas county pioneer. The Cockrell place was known to travelers on the stage line that ran from Dallas to Fort Belknap and on to El Paso and the west. The settlement developed as an agricultural crossroads and by the late 1800s had a few scattered homes, a small store, and a school. Water became the overriding issue for the town's continued growth. Frank Jester, a local developer, laid out the plan for the modern community of Cockrell Hill in 1911. A first attempt at incorporation in 1925 proved unsuccessful, and the following year a vote to disincorporate was approved. The second incorporation passed on July 21, 1937, when the population was 459. The town grew to a population of 1,246 in 1941. Many of the new residents worked in war-related industries located in the surrounding areas. In 1952 the population was 2,194; in 1990 it was 3,916, and in 2000 it reached 4,443.

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

Cockrell Hill is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.73818200
    Longitude
    -96.88854900

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Cockrell Hill by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Cockrell Hill
Pop. Year Source
3,815 2020 United States Census Bureau
4,412 2019 Texas Demographic Center
4,193 2010 United States Census Bureau
4,443 2000 United States Census Bureau
3,746 1990 United States Census Bureau