Giddings, Lee County, Texas

Giddings, Lee County, Texas

View of downtown Giddings, the county seat of Lee County, Texas. Photograph by Reading Associate 17.

Giddings, county seat of Lee County, is on U.S. highways 290 and 77, fifty-five miles east of Austin and 100 miles west of Houston. The land was originally part of Stephen F. Austin's colony and later in the Robertson colony. Giddings was founded in 1871, when the Houston and Texas Central Railway came through the area. A town and a post office were established to serve communities that were bypassed. The town is usually said to have been named for Jabez Deming Giddings, a stockholder in the railroad, though some sources state that the source of the name was Dewitt C. Giddings. Local farmers raised cotton, and many businesses soon were started by residents from surrounding communities. Ethnic groups included Jewish and Wendish families from the Serbin area. A syndicate headed by William Marsh Rice owned the whole townsite and sold property to settlers. Later Rice Institute (now Rice University) in Houston had control and sold the lots.

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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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
5,195 2019 Texas Demographic Center
4,881 2010 Texas Demographic Center
5,105 2000 Texas Demographic Center
4,093 1990 Texas Demographic Center
3,950 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,783 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,821 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,532 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,166 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,835 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,650 1920 Texas Demographic Center
624 1880 Texas Demographic Center