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HAMILTON, TEXAS

Hamilton County Seat, North Central Texas
U.S. Highway 281
State Hwys 36 and 22
21 miles S of Hico
41 miles S of Stephenville
85 miles SW of Fort Worth
32 miles NW of Gatesville
Population 2,977 (2000) 2,937 (1990)

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A spotted longhorn near Hamilton, Texas
A longhorn on the road to the closed Rock House church NE of Hamilton.
Photo courtesy
Barclay Gibson
Hamilton, Texas Landmarks

History in a Pecan shell


Hamilton and Hamilton County's history is studded with anecdotes and characters worthy of several books. Many of the first settlers relocated from Southern States -(particularly South Carolina and Mississippi) before the Civil War.

Both county and town were named after James Hamilton who was a former Governor of South Carolina. After moving to Texas he became part of Texas' fledgling diplomatic corps. In 1857 he drowned off the coast of Galveston during a maritime accident after first giving his life-vest to a woman and child.

This spirit of selflessness is also reflected in local 19th Century heroine Anne Whitney - a schoolteacher who died protecting her charges when Comanches attacked her one-room schoolhouse.

A timeline of significant events in Hamilton's history:

1858: County organized
1861: post office opened
1896: Population reaches 1,100
1899: Hamilton is flooded. Wide spread destruction - slight loss of life
1907: The Stephenville, North and South Texas Railway entered Hamilton
1954: another flood causes greater damage than the first
1980: population reaches high water mark of 3,189
Hamilton Texas post office mural Texas Rangers in Camp by Ward Lockwood
"Texas Rangers in Camp"
Hamilton WPA Mural by Ward Lockwood
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Hamilton TX Street Scene
Hamilton Street Scene
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009

Hamilton, Texas Landmarks

  • Hamilton County Courthouse
  • Hamilton County Jail
  • Hamilton County Museum: In the old jail at 113 Henry Street
  • Hamilton Churches
  • Bullman Bridge
    One of the few remaining bowstring bridges in Texas
  • The Hamilton County Genealogical Society Library: 209 W. Henry Street
  • Pecan Creek Park: A deep-shaded park conveniently located between downtown and the library
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  • Hamilton County courthouse,  Hamilton Texas old photo
    1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
    Hamilton County Courthouse
    Hamilton County jail, Hamilton, Texas
    Hamilton County Jail
    Photo courtesy
    Barclay Gibson
    Hamilton Texas - St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    Churches in Hamilton
    Photos courtesy
    Barclay Gibson, August 2005
    Bullman Bridge in Hamilton County, Texas
    Photo courtesy Kate Johnson
    Bullman Bridge
    Hamilton TX - Old Cotton Gin
    Old Cotton Gin
    Photo courtesy
    William Beauchamp, July 2009
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    Hamilton TX - Old Hamilton Guest Hotel
    Former Hamilton Guest Hotel
    Photo courtesy
    William Beauchamp, July 2009
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    Hamilton TX - old Fire Station Bldg
    Old Fire Station
    Photo courtesy
    William Beauchamp, July 2009
    Hamilton TX - Old Gas Station
    Old Gas Station
    Photo courtesy
    William Beauchamp, July 2009
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    Hamilton County Towns and Ghost Towns
    County Seat - Hamilton
    Hamilton County Courthouse
    Hamilton County Historical Marker
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    Hamilton water tower

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  • Subject: Hamilton
    My Grandpa was Luther Coldiron. He had a hamburger place there in Hamilton in the 1930s. He also had some rock tourist courts on Coke Street. I was only three or four years old but I remember how hot it was then. We lived in one of his cabins, I remember it had a cement floor. He made the best burgers in town. His wife was named Jessie and he died before she did. I remember the rock, sand and rattlesnakes. Someone there may remember him. - Vonnie Balusek, February 23, 2006
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