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COVINGTON, TEXAS

A One Man Town

Hill County
, Central Texas North

3210'37"N 9715'26"W (32.176850, -97.257104)
Hwy 171 & FM 67
14 miles NW of Hillsboro the county seat
15 miles SE of Cleburne
10 miles E of Blum
Population: 271 Est. (2016)
269 (2010) 282 (2000) 238 (1990)

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Downtown Covington Texas
Downtown Covington
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson,
April 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

James J. Gathings was a Mississippian who arrived in Texas in 1852 and bought thousands of acres of land in the region. Using slaves, Gathings ran successful farm and ranching operations, setting aside 100 acres for what would become the town of Covington. He platted the town and offered free lots to temperate families as long as they agreed to build a home and a school. The town was named after his wife's maiden name.

In 1855 Gathings became postmaster of Covington and together with his brother Philip, they founded Gathings College in the early 1860s. By 1870 Gathings's population was nearing 500 and the school continued in operation until 1885.

The town was in economic peril when it was bypassed by the Katy Railroad in 1904 but saved when the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad built through. Covington prospered for the next 30 years and the town's prosperity was only ended by the onset of the Great Depression. The Trinity and Brazos Valley discontinued the stop at Covington and war time growth of Waco and Fort Worth drained off population as highways improved. From a population of 450 in 1945 it fell to less than 300 by the late 1980s.
CovingtonTexas post office
The post office
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson,
April 2006

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Hill County TX 1920 Map
1920s Hill County map showing Covington
NW of Hillsboro, SE of Cleburne
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Covington, Texas Nearby Towns:
Hillsboro the county seat
Cleburne
Blum
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