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.

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For Elisea Lopez Villa (Arce; Gunther) on the occasion of her 85th birthday, June 14, 1938
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The Lopez Villa family made their home in Thornton during the 20s and 1930s. When the Great Depression hit, Hilario Villa and his wife, Esther Lopez Villa, along with their two small daughters, Maria Esther and Elisea, came out west to California. They settled in Vista, California. My mother, Elisea, who was born in Thornton, has always remembered the place of her birth with great fondness and pride.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
421 2020 United States Census Bureau
541 2019 Texas Demographic Center
526 2010 United States Census Bureau
525 2000 United States Census Bureau
540 1990 United States Census Bureau