Graham, Texas

Graham, Texas

View of the old City Hall in the City of Graham, seat of Young County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Graham is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 380 and State highways 16 and 67, in southeastern Young County. The site was first settled in 1871 by Gustavus A. and Edwin S. Graham, who gave their name to the townsite. The Grahams moved from Kentucky to Texas after the Civil War and purchased 125,000 acres in Young County. The population of the county had dropped considerably during the war, and the Graham brothers helped to revive the area. After the brothers purchased a saltworks in 1872, Gustavus Graham surveyed the townsite. The Wilsons, the first family to settle after the arrival of the Graham brothers, started the first store, and the Grahams promoted the sale of lots near the north line of the former Brazos Indian Reservation. The post office opened in 1873, and Graham won an election over Belknap to become the county seat in 1874, after the county's reorganization. The county used vacant rooms and small buildings for court days until a frame two-story structure was built on the west side of the square in 1876. In 1884 a fine three-story limestone building was built. The east door of the 1884 building still stands in the middle of the square. The present courthouse was begun in the early 1930s, and the old courthouse was razed in 1932.

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
8,732 2020 United States Census Bureau
8,950 2019 Texas Demographic Center
8,903 2010 United States Census Bureau
8,716 2000 United States Census Bureau
8,986 1990 United States Census Bureau
9,055 1980 United States Census Bureau
7,477 1970 United States Census Bureau
8,505 1960 United States Census Bureau
6,742 1950 United States Census Bureau
5,175 1940 United States Census Bureau
4,981 1930 United States Census Bureau
2,544 1920 United States Census Bureau
1,569 1910 United States Census Bureau
878 1900 United States Census Bureau
667 1890 United States Census Bureau