Silverton

Silverton, Texas

Silverton, Texas

Image of the Silverton City Hall located in the town of Silverton, the seat of Briscoe County, Texas Photograph by Charles Henry.

Silverton, the county seat of Briscoe County, is on State Highway 86 in the central part of the county. In August 1890 Thomas J. Braidfoot filed claim on the section of land that would later contain Silverton. He soon built a house in the area. In the spring of the following year he and his associates, most of whom had arrived from Della Plain in Floyd County, formed a townsite company. The name, submitted by his wife, was reportedly derived from the silvery reflections of the shallow lakes in the area. A post office, three stores, a blacksmith shop, and a school were established by the fall of 1891. Thomas J. Briscoe started the first newspaper, the Silverton Light. When the county was organized, a special election was held on March 15, 1892, in which Silverton beat out two rival townsites, Linguish and Tarlton, as the county seat. A two-story, frame courthouse was erected in 1893. The following year a jail built of stone from Tule Canyon was completed; its first occupant was the county sheriff, Miner Crawford, who was jailed as a joke during the opening ceremony. Tom Braidfoot's two-story house served as the town's first hotel. A community church was used by various denominations until they built their own houses of worship.

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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Currently Exists

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Place type

Silverton is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    34.47137180
    Longitude
    -101.30404000

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Yes

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Population Counts

Silverton
Pop. Year Source
691 2019 Texas Demographic Center
731 2010 Texas Demographic Center
771 2000 Texas Demographic Center
779 1990 Texas Demographic Center
918 1980 Texas Demographic Center
1,026 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,168 1960 Texas Demographic Center
855 1950 Texas Demographic Center
684 1940 Texas Demographic Center
873 1930 Texas Demographic Center
416 1920 Texas Demographic Center
241 1900 Texas Demographic Center