Hallettsville

Hallettsville, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas

Image of the Hallettsville, Texas City Hall, in Lavaca County, Texas. Photograph credit: TE photos via TexasEscapes.com

Hallettsville, the county seat of Lavaca County, is on the Lavaca River at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and alternate U.S. Highway 90A, eighty miles southeast of Austin. One of the first settlers in the area was John Hallett, who received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin in 1831. After Hallett's death in 1836 his wife, Margaret L. Hallett, donated land for the townsite. Other early settlers were Collatinus Ballard, David Ives, Dr. M. B. Bennett, Ira McDaniel, and A. W. Hicks. A post office was opened in 1849. Hallettsville was chosen county seat when La Baca County was formed in 1842, but the county was afterward abolished. After Texas became a state and Lavaca County was organized in 1846, Hallettsville and the nearby town of Petersburg competed to be county seat. In an election held on June 14, 1852, Hallettsville received a majority of votes, but residents of Petersburg contested the results. Though Hallettsville was officially declared the county seat on August 28, 1852, allegations of election fraud and legal maneuvering were not completely resolved by the courts until 1860. The courthouse, which was completed in 1853, proved inadequate and was replaced in 1875. The present courthouse, built in 1897, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Hallettsville voted to incorporate on August 13, 1870. It surrendered its charter in 1875 but reincorporated on June 29, 1888. The population rose from an estimated 600 in 1875 to 1,700 in 1890. Many who settled in Hallettsville in the late nineteenth century immigrated from Czechoslovakia and Germany. The Alma Male and Female Institute, one of the county's first private schools, opened in Hallettsville in 1852 but was forced to close at the outbreak of the Civil War. Sacred Heart Academy was founded in 1881, and a public school system was in place by the late 1880s. In 1887 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built through the town, and Hallettsville became the principal trading center and shipping point for area farmers and ranchers. By 1892 the town owned an electricity plant and had established a waterworks supplied by artesian wells.

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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Place type

Hallettsville is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [Hallett's]
  • (Hidesville)
  • (Ives')

Locations

  • Latitude
    29.44257330
    Longitude
    -96.94349000

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Population Counts

Hallettsville
Pop. Year Source
2,693 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,550 2010 Texas Demographic Center
2,345 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,718 1990 Texas Demographic Center
2,865 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,712 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,808 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,000 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,581 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,406 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,444 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,379 1910 Texas Demographic Center
1,457 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,011 1890 Texas Demographic Center