City of Hillsboro, Texas

City of Hillsboro, Texas

Historic City Hall in the city of Hillsboro, seat of Hill County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Hillsboro, the county seat of Hill County, is on Interstate Highway 35, U.S. highways 81 and 171, State highways 22 and 171, Farm roads 286 and 3267, and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, fifty miles south of Fort Worth and fifty-five miles southwest of Dallas, in the central part of the county. Katy Lake and Lake Aquilla are both partially within the city limits. When Hill County was established in 1853, three locations were suggested for the county seat, but none was near the center of the county. A 220-acre plot was donated by Thomas M. Steiner a mile from the center of the county, and the community was called Hillsborough, in honor of Dr. George W. Hill, a surgeon from Tennessee; Hill was the first settler in Navarro County, which later became part of Hill County. In 1853 the first school in Hill County opened, and in 1854 Hillsborough received a post office. Before the last courthouse was built in 1890, several courthouses served the community. The first, built of elm poles, was replaced by a frame building in 1854. In 1872 a two-story brick courthouse was constructed; it burned and was replaced by a fourth courthouse in 1874.

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
8,221 2020 United States Census Bureau
8,544 2019 Texas Demographic Center
8,456 2010 United States Census Bureau
8,232 2000 United States Census Bureau
7,072 1990 United States Census Bureau
7,397 1980 United States Census Bureau
7,224 1970 United States Census Bureau
7,402 1960 United States Census Bureau
8,363 1950 United States Census Bureau
7,799 1940 United States Census Bureau
7,823 1930 United States Census Bureau
6,952 1920 United States Census Bureau
6,115 1910 United States Census Bureau
5,346 1900 United States Census Bureau
2,541 1890 United States Census Bureau
313 1870 United States Census Bureau