Pleasanton is at the intersections of Farm Roads 476, 5350, 1334 and U.S. Highway 281, five miles northeast of Jourdanton in northeast Atascosa County. It was founded in 1858, when conflicts with Indians caused the settlers to move the location of the county seat from Amphion. The mouth of Bonita Creek seemed the perfect location for the new seat, so the county residents voted this area as the official townsite. John Bowen, who later named the town after early settler John Pleasant, donated five square miles of land for development. E. B. Thomas, the first settler, opened the first general store in Pleasanton. In 1860 Pleasanton became county school district number 1, with W. J. Pepham as the first teacher. By 1861 the town had a dozen families, two blacksmiths, and three lawyers. A log cabin served as the courthouse for nine years. After the new courthouse was built by William Guynes, the log cabin was rented to the school district until 1875, when a rock schoolhouse was built. The old courthouse also served as a church at one time.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
10,648 2020 United States Census Bureau
10,794 2019 Texas Demographic Center
8,934 2010 United States Census Bureau
8,266 2000 United States Census Bureau
7,678 1990 United States Census Bureau
6,346 1980 United States Census Bureau
5,407 1970 United States Census Bureau
3,467 1960 United States Census Bureau
2,913 1950 United States Census Bureau
2,074 1940 United States Census Bureau
1,154 1930 United States Census Bureau
1,036 1920 United States Census Bureau