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Map of Palo Pinto County

Mingus is on Gibson and Palo Pinto creeks, State highways 193 and 108, and the Missouri Pacific line in southwestern Palo Pinto County. It was named for William Mingus, an 1856 settler, and developed because of the 1881 construction of the Texas and Pacific Railway through the area. Original settlers included J. R. Graves, Frank Bolen, B. H. Stewart, and A. T. Crawford. The community served local farmers and ranchers. The Mingus population was estimated at 1,110 in 1920 and 1930; twenty-five businesses were reported there in 1930. By 1940 the number of residents had declined to 570. The population was down to 212 in 1980, but the post office was still open. In 1990 the population of Mingus was reported as 215. The population grew to 246 in 2000.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Belongs to

Mingus is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Mingus is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Thurber Junction)


Latitude: 32.53635010
Longitude: -98.42487100

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Mingus by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
223 2020 United States Census Bureau
249 2019 Texas Demographic Center
235 2010 United States Census Bureau
246 2000 United States Census Bureau
215 1990 United States Census Bureau