Spofford is on the Southern Pacific Railroad at the intersection of State Highway 131 and Farm Road 1572, ten miles south of Brackettville in south central Kinney County. A railroad depot by the name of Spofford Junction was established at the site by the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway in 1882. The GH&SA built westward from San Antonio, split at Spofford, and reached Eagle Pass on a branch line in 1882 and Langtry on the main line in 1883. Entrepreneur George Hobbs moved to the site during the period of railroad construction and sold supplies to employees of the railroad from a tent store. The community was named after C. K. Spofford, who opened the Spofford Hotel and a store near the railroad depot in the early 1880s. The community developed around the hotel and served as a shipping point for area ranchers, who raised goats, sheep, and cattle. A Spofford post office was opened in 1884. By 1890 Spofford had an estimated population of 100, two saloons, and the firm of Hobbs and Company. In 1896 the town had an estimated population of 125, numerous saloons, two hotels, and a general store. By 1896 a school had been established; that year the enrollment was twenty. In 1900 the one-teacher Spofford school had fourteen students. There is evidence that Spofford was one of several communities visited by President William McKinley in January 1901.

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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Pop. Year Source
41 2020 United States Census Bureau
103 2019 Texas Demographic Center
95 2010 United States Census Bureau
75 2000 United States Census Bureau
68 1990 United States Census Bureau