Dilley

Dilley is on the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Interstate Highway 35 sixteen miles southwest of Pearsall in far southern Frio County. The community was originally called Darlington, after a local landowner who settled in the area in the mid-1860s. The settlement was established on the International-Great Northern Railroad from San Antonio to Mexico, completed during the early 1880s. At the time Darlington had a general store and several dwellings. The community was sometimes called Ford because of a nearby Frio River crossing of an old Spanish trail, known as Rocky Ford. The I-GN built its first railroad depot, siding, and stock pen near the crossing.

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

Dilley is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Darlington)
  • (Ford)

Locations

  • Latitude
    28.66758250
    Longitude
    -99.17661900

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Dilley
Pop. Year Source
4,405 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,894 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,674 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,632 1990 Texas Demographic Center
2,579 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,362 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,118 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,809 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,244 1940 Texas Demographic Center
929 1930 Texas Demographic Center