McGREGOR

McGregor, first known as McGregor Springs, is an incorporated town sixteen miles southwest of Waco on U.S. Highway 84 in western McLennan County. It was established in 1882 at the intersection of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe and the Texas and St. Louis railways. The new town was named McGregor Springs in honor of Gregor Carmichael McGregor, a doctor who gave the railroad right-of-way to cross his land. Advertisements for excursion trains to the prospective city appeared in Texas newspapers, and on September 7, 1882, a state land commissioner sold lots at auction from the back of a railroad flatcar. Because of its favorable location, McGregor drew much of its early population and several businesses from nearby small communities like Banks and Comanche Springs in McLennan County and Eagle Springs in Coryell County. The post office at Banks was transferred to McGregor in October 1882, keeping Thomas H. Baker as postmaster. By 1884 McGregor had a wide variety of businesses, a weekly newspaper, a school, and several hundred residents. The town adopted a city charter in November 1886. The next decade or so brought the addition of two hotels, a national bank, a washing-machine factory, a tannery, a cottonseed oil mill, and an artesian waterworks. The census of 1890 gave the population of McGregor as 774, but other estimates for the same time period were as high as 1,500.

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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Yes

Place type

McGREGOR is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [-Springs]

Locations

  • Latitude
    31.41937330
    Longitude
    -97.42697900

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McGREGOR by the Numbers

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Population Counts

McGREGOR
Pop. Year Source
5,296 2019 Texas Demographic Center
4,987 2010 Texas Demographic Center
4,727 2000 Texas Demographic Center
4,683 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,513 1980 Texas Demographic Center
4,365 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,642 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,669 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,062 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,041 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,081 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,864 1910 Texas Demographic Center
1,435 1900 Texas Demographic Center
774 1890 Texas Demographic Center