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