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Godley, Johnson County, Texas

Godley, Johnson County, Texas

Downtown view of Godley, a city in northwestern Johnson County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Godley is on State Highway 171, Farm roads 2331 and 917, and the tracks of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad nine miles northwest of Cleburne in northwestern Johnson County. It was established in 1886 and named for R. B. Godley, a Cleburne lumber merchant who donated an eight-acre tract for a townsite and twenty acres of land as a right-of-way to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. A station was constructed in 1886. By 1888, when the post office opened, Godley had a gristmill, three cotton gins, and two dairy-processing plants. Four years later it had two general stores. By the mid-1920s the population was 613. In 1930 it was 378, and twenty-two rated businesses operated locally. In the 1940s the town had a population of 317 and twenty businesses. By 1956 it had a population of 424 and sixteen businesses, and by 1990 it had 569 people and twelve businesses. In 2000 the population was 879.

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Place type

Godley is classified as a Town


Latitude: 32.45099660
Longitude: -97.53221200

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Is Incorporated


Godley by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
1,450 2020 United States Census Bureau
1,290 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,009 2010 United States Census Bureau
879 2000 United States Census Bureau
569 1990 United States Census Bureau