Mansfield is on U.S. Highway 287 sixteen miles southeast of Fort Worth in southeastern Tarrant County and northeastern Johnson County. Walnut Creek runs through the town. Ralph S. Man, a South Carolinian, and Julian B. Feild from Virginia sold their sawmill and their water-powered gristmill in Fort Worth in 1857 and moved to the wheat-producing area in southeastern Tarrant County, where they built a sawmill and the first steam-powered gristmill in the county and perhaps in the state. The settlement that grew up around the mills was named for the two men; the original spelling of the town name was Mansfeild. Julian Feild, who owned and operated a general merchandise store in addition to the mills, became postmaster in 1860. The gristmill prospered and became widely known. During the Civil War, Feild, a captain in the Fifteenth Texas Cavalry, milled and delivered flour to the Confederate Army. After the war he received United States government contracts to supply flour and meal to Indian reservations and federal army outposts in West Texas (including forts Griffin, Concho, and Belknap), New Mexico, and Indian Territory.

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
69,909 2019 Texas Demographic Center
56,368 2010 Texas Demographic Center
28,031 2000 Texas Demographic Center
15,615 1990 Texas Demographic Center
8,092 1980 Texas Demographic Center
3,658 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,375 1960 Texas Demographic Center
964 1950 Texas Demographic Center
774 1940 Texas Demographic Center
635 1930 Texas Demographic Center
719 1920 Texas Demographic Center
627 1910 Texas Demographic Center
694 1900 Texas Demographic Center
418 1890 Texas Demographic Center