Thornton

Thornton is on State Highway 14 nineteen miles southwest of Mexia in southwestern Limestone County. Settlement at the site began in 1868. The Houston and Texas Central Railway ran a line from Hearne to Groesbeck through the area in 1870, and Cain Hogan settled on Steele Creek just west of the present townsite. The community became a stop on the railroad and was named for John E. Thornton, another early settler.

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

Yes

Place type

Thornton is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    31.41113270
    Longitude
    -96.57385600

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Thornton by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Thornton
Pop. Year Source
541 2019 Texas Demographic Center
526 2010 Texas Demographic Center
525 2000 Texas Demographic Center
540 1990 Texas Demographic Center