in a Pecan Shell
Although it had been settled sometime before, Hawkins began life with the arrival
of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1873. It was granted a post office the same
year The population was 400 by the mid 1880s and the town was thriving with most
essential businesses and five general stores. But a few years later the population
had declined by half. For the 1890 census the town rebounded with a reported population
In 1914 the town once again dropped population – down to a mere
150 residents. Once again it rebounded – doubling by the mid-1920s and once again
reaching 500 by the early 1930s.
After a Depression population decline
to 200, oil was discovered just north of Hawkins and the town experienced a boom.
That same year a discovery was made inside the city limits and property values
The population in the early 1940s was around 1,200 but
it lived up to its roller-coaster reputation when it dipped to 493 by the early
50s. It rose and dipped again – but has remained about the same since the early
1980s – between 1,200 and 1,300 residents.
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