Terrell

Terrell is on U.S. Highway 80 and State highways 34 and 205, thirty miles east of Dallas in northern Kaufman County. One of the first settlers in the area was George Paschall, who arrived in 1848. When the Texas and Pacific Railway crossed North Texas in 1873, two enterprising Kaufman County citizens, C. C. Nash and John G. Moore, purchased 320 acres in the J. W. Cude survey and laid out streets and lots for business and home sites. Jasper Johnson became the first postmaster when the post office opened in 1873. The town was named in honor of Robert A. Terrell, a pioneer settler whose farm lay on its western edge. The community grew rapidly and was incorporated in 1875. By the mid-1880s it had a population of 3,000, served by two banks, two hotels, three flour mills, three cotton gins, three weekly newspapers, and nine churches. The North Texas Insane Asylum (now Terrell State Hospital) was opened in Terrell in 1885 to help relieve overcrowding at the state institution in Austin. By 1890 local businesses included a creamery, a canning factory, and an iron foundry; the town was also the shipping point for cattle, cotton, and timber raised in the area. In 1892 Edward Howland Robinson Green chose Terrell as the headquarters for the Texas Midland Railroad. During World War II, British pilots trained at what is now the municipal airport.

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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Place type

Terrell is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.73080660
    Longitude
    -96.28775800

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Population Counts

Terrell
Pop. Year Source
18,120 2019 Texas Demographic Center
15,816 2010 Texas Demographic Center
13,606 2000 Texas Demographic Center
12,490 1990 Texas Demographic Center
13,225 1980 Texas Demographic Center
14,182 1970 Texas Demographic Center
13,803 1960 Texas Demographic Center
11,544 1950 Texas Demographic Center
10,481 1940 Texas Demographic Center
8,795 1930 Texas Demographic Center
8,349 1920 Texas Demographic Center
7,050 1910 Texas Demographic Center
6,330 1900 Texas Demographic Center
2,988 1890 Texas Demographic Center
2,003 1880 Texas Demographic Center