Sanderson, Texas

Sanderson, Texas

Sanderson is the county seat of Terrell County, Texas. Photograph by Jaime Chapoy.

Sanderson, the county seat of Terrell County, is on U.S. Highway 90 in Sanderson Canyon in the southwest part of the county. It was founded by Charlie Wilson as Strawbridge. The site served as a division point for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and in 1882 when a roundhouse was built, the name was changed from Strawbridge to Sanderson, after Thomas P. Sanderson, the engineer in charge of construction. A post office was opened in 1883. In early days, Sanderson was an unruly frontier town: Roy Bean operated a saloon there for a short time; Charlie Wilson's Cottage Bar was a favorite spot for railroad workers, cowboys, and local ranchers. When Terrell County was demarked from Pecos County in 1905, Sanderson became the county seat as a result of a countywide election.

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
719 2019 Texas Demographic Center
837 2010 Texas Demographic Center
861 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,128 1990 Texas Demographic Center
1,500 1980 Texas Demographic Center
1,229 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,350 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,150 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,875 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,500 1930 Texas Demographic Center
500 1920 Texas Demographic Center
112 1900 Texas Demographic Center