Memphis, Hall County, Texas
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.
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Memphis by the Numbers
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|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|