City of Pearsall, Frio County, Texas

City of Pearsall, Frio County, Texas

Downtown view of the City of Pearsall, Frio County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Pearsall, the county seat of Frio County, is on Interstate Highway 35 and the Missouri Pacific Railroad fifty-five miles southwest of San Antonio in the central part of the county. In the 1870s wagon trains stopped at a well on a large sheep ranch when they traveled the road from Frio Town to Pleasanton; this well was known as Waggoner's (Wagner's) Well. On February 6, 1882, the International-Great Northern Railroad gained control of 2,000 acres of land around the well. An affiliate, the New York and Texas Land Company, allowed them to circumvent Texas laws limiting railroad ownership of land, and, on February 15, 1882, they platted the townsite of Pearsall, named after the vice president of the railroad, Thomas W. Pearsall, east of the newly laid railroad tracks opposite Waggoner's Well.

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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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
10,656 2019 Texas Demographic Center
9,146 2010 Texas Demographic Center
7,506 2000 Texas Demographic Center
6,924 1990 Texas Demographic Center
7,383 1980 Texas Demographic Center
5,545 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,957 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,481 1950 Texas Demographic Center
3,164 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,536 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,161 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,799 1910 Texas Demographic Center