Memphis

Memphis, Hall County, Texas

Memphis, Hall County, Texas

Downtown view of the City of Memphis, seat of Hall County, Texas. Photograph by Bill Hathorn.

Memphis, the county seat of Hall County, is at the junction of U.S. Highway 287, State Highway 256, and Farm Road 1547, in the northeastern part of the county. It had its beginning in 1889, when J. C. Montgomery purchased land for a townsite north of Salisbury on the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway. This land had been previously owned by W. H. Robertson, who had a dugout near Parker Creek. Montgomery and Robertson, with Rev. J. W. Brice and T. J. Woods, Jr., of Dallas, formed a townsite company and presented a plat early in January 1890. P. M. Kelly opened a law office. A rooming house (later the Memphis Hotel), a general store, a drugstore, and several residences were soon erected. For a time the new town was without a name. Several suggestions were submitted to federal postal authorities but with negative results. Finally, as the story goes, Reverend Brice, while in Austin, happened to see a letter addressed by accident to Memphis, Texas, rather than Tennessee, with the notation "no such town in Texas." The name was submitted and accepted, and a post office was established on September 12, 1890, with Robertson as postmaster.

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

Memphis is classified as a Town

Associated Names

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Locations

  • Latitude
    34.72673450
    Longitude
    -100.54166000

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Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Memphis
Pop. Year Source
2,148 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,290 2010 Texas Demographic Center
2,479 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,465 1990 Texas Demographic Center
3,352 1980 Texas Demographic Center
3,227 1970 Texas Demographic Center
3,332 1960 Texas Demographic Center
3,810 1950 Texas Demographic Center
3,869 1940 Texas Demographic Center
4,257 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,839 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,936 1910 Texas Demographic Center