Forsan, Howard County, Texas

Forsan, Howard County, Texas

Forsan is a city in southeastern Howard County, about 14 miles southeast of the county sea Big Spring. Photograph credit: David "Bigtex" via Wikimapia.
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Forsan, on Farm Road 461 in southeastern Howard County, was established in 1929, after Clayton Stewart, the first settler in the area, gave land for the townsite in 1928. The community was named for the four oil sands believed to be located nearby. Drillers later discovered they had underestimated, and there were actually at least five sands. Forsan experienced boomtown growth and by 1931 reported a population of 350, a post office, and twenty-five commercially rated businesses. In 1936 it had 400 residents. This figure remained constant through 1956, but the number of businesses dropped from eighteen to twelve. Between 1960 and 1966 the town became incorporated. By 1980 its population had fallen to 239, but Forsan retained its post office, several businesses, and its incorporated status. In 1990 its population was reported as 256, and in 2000 as 226.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Place type

Forsan is classified as a Town


Latitude: 32.11033800
Longitude: -101.36679000

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


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