City of Hamlin, Fisher County, Texas

City of Hamlin, Fisher County, Texas

Strauss Dry Goods Company Storefront, Historic Building in downtown Hamlin, Texas in Fisher County. Photograph by CletusDitto.

Hamlin is on U.S. Highway 83 in northwest Jones and northeast Fisher counties. It was established in anticipation of construction of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway. R. D. Moore conveyed land to the Orient Land Company in 1902. Town organization followed in 1905. Hamlin was named for Orient official W. H. Hamlin. The Orient reached Hamlin in 1906 and was followed by the Texas Central Railroad within a couple of years and by the Abilene and Southern in 1910. Only the Orient, later a part of the Santa Fe, has survived. The Abilene and Southern stopped service in the late 1930s, and the Southern Pacific in 1977. Business boomed with the rail service, and the town included gins, a cottonseed oil mill, and a number of other businesses. Oil discoveries in the 1920s also contributed to the economy. The population was 2,406 in 1940 and 3,564 in 1950. The Hamlin Herald was first published in 1906 and survived other papers. Hamlin gained a hospital in 1948. The county's first gypsum plant was built six miles west in 1903 and became a major area employer, in later years the Celotex Corporation. Eighty businesses were reported in 1970. The population was 3,791 in 1960 and 3,325 in 1970. Part of the 1980 population of 3,248 resided in Fisher County. Hamlin is a center for farming and varied manufacturing and part of the Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1990 the population was 2,791, but by 2000 it had dropped to 2,248.

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
2,031 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,124 2010 Texas Demographic Center
2,248 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,791 1990 Texas Demographic Center
3,248 1980 Texas Demographic Center
3,325 1970 Texas Demographic Center
3,791 1960 Texas Demographic Center
3,659 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,406 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,328 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,633 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,978 1910 Texas Demographic Center