Keene

Keene is on U.S. Highway 67, Farm Road 2280, and the tracks of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad five miles northeast of Cleburne in central Johnson County. The first settlers to reach the area, Jeremiah Easterwood and his family, arrived in 1852. Easterwood built a Methodist church, which also served as a school. Eventually the community became known as Elm Grove. The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built into the area about 1890. A general store was established by Charlie Moore in 1893. In 1894 the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists opened a school to train ministers on 836 acres in the community. The assembly hall was built on the campus of Southwestern Union College that year, and a post office opened. Postal Service officials selected the name Keene. The local post office closes on Saturdays rather than Sundays.

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

Keene is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Elm Grove)

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.39405910
    Longitude
    -97.32717500

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Keene by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Keene
Pop. Year Source
6,815 2019 Texas Demographic Center
6,106 2010 Texas Demographic Center
5,003 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,944 1990 Texas Demographic Center
3,013 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,440 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,532 1960 Texas Demographic Center