Joshua

Joshua is at the intersection of State Highway 174 and Farm Road 917, on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad seven miles southeast of Burleson and eight miles north of Cleburne in north central Johnson County. It is in the Cross Timbers region on land patented by W. W. Byers in 1867. The section was sold in 1874 to John Powell. Caddo Grove, two miles west of Joshua, was the first community in the area. It had its own post office and was a thriving town until the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was completed from Cleburne to Fort Worth in 1881. The railroad missed Caddo Grove, and a station was built on the tracks at the site of future Joshua. The station was originally called Caddo Peak, but the name was rejected by the post office because of another Caddo Peak. The name Joshua was chosen, purportedly by Dr. D. B. McMillan, after the biblical Joshua. W. L. West was the first postmaster when the community received a post office in 1882. In 1883 Caddo Grove's post office was withdrawn.

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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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Joshua is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Caddo Peak)
  • (Clinton)

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.46179970
    Longitude
    -97.38164400

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Joshua by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Joshua
Pop. Year Source
7,788 2019 Texas Demographic Center
5,910 2010 Texas Demographic Center
4,528 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,821 1990 Texas Demographic Center