Dickinson

Dickinson is on State Highway 3 at the edge of the Galveston metropolitan area in the northwest corner of Galveston County. It was named after John Dickinson, who in 1824 received a Mexican grant for land just north of the community's present site. A settlement called Dickinson existed on Dickinson's Bayou shortly before 1850. The Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad, one of the earliest chartered in Texas, was built straight through Dickinson. In 1857 one of the railroad's directors, Ebenezer B. Nichols, built a summer estate on Dickinson Bayou. During the Civil War Dickinson was a Confederate town. The Nolan home there served as a Confederate hospital, and Gen. John B. Magruder used the GH&H railroad for his successful retaking of Galveston in 1863. The town had a post office in 1890 registered under its current name.

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

Dickinson is classified as a Town

Associated Names

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  • [Dickenson Station]
  • [Dickensons Station]

Locations

  • Latitude
    29.45452580
    Longitude
    -95.05724500

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Dickinson by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Dickinson
Pop. Year Source
21,532 2019 Texas Demographic Center
18,680 2010 Texas Demographic Center
17,093 2000 Texas Demographic Center
11,692 1990 Texas Demographic Center
7,505 1980 Texas Demographic Center
10,776 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,715 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,704 1950 Texas Demographic Center
760 1930 Texas Demographic Center