Mexia is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and State highways 14 and 171, twelve miles northeast of Groesbeck in northeastern Limestone County. It was named for the Mexía family, who in 1833 received an eleven-league land grant that included what is now the townsite. The town was laid out in 1870 by a trustee of the Houston and Texas Central Townsite Company, which offered lots for sale in 1871, as the Houston and Texas Central Railway was completed between Hearne and Groesbeck. The Mexia post office began operation in 1872, and the community was incorporated with a mayoral form of government in 1873 by an act of the legislature. The city's first newspaper, the Ledger, was established in Fairfield in 1869 and moved to Mexia in 1872. By 1880 Mexia also had four schools, three churches, and a variety of businesses to serve its 1,800 residents; by 1885 the town had a gas works, an opera house, two banks, two sawmills, and 2,000 residents. The Mexia Democrat was established in 1887 and the Weekly News in 1898. Between 1904 and 1906 the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway built track between Hillsboro and Houston, making Mexia a commercial crossroads for area farmers.
At a Glance
Mexia is part of or belongs to the following places.
Adopt a Town
The Texas Almanac's Land Rush program lets you adopt the town or county of your choice and share your message with the world. 100% of the proceeds benefit education in Texas.
Mexia is classified as a Town
Has Post Office
Proud to call TX home?
Put your name on the town or county of your choice.
Search Places »
Mexia by the Numbers
This is some placeholder text that we should either remove or replace with a brief summary about this particular metric. For example, "We update population counts once per year..."
|7,709||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|7,459||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,563||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,933||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|7,094||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,943||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,121||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,627||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,410||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,579||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,482||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,694||1910||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,393||1900||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,674||1890||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,298||1880||Texas Demographic Center|