Comanche, Texas

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Comanche is a city located in Comanche County in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 4,482 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Comanche County[3]. The town square has been renovated and is becoming a popular tourist attraction.[citation needed] With "Star Beaus" and "karens" on the square and their barbecue and Mexican restaurants, Comanche is also a stop for hunters. Comanche is known for its trophy-sized deer and available deer leases.

A military road known as the "Corn Trail" came through in 1850 to supply area forts and encourage settlement. The town of "Cora" became the county seat in 1857, but two years later was renamed "Comanche". Near the modern courthouse is the preserved log structure known as the "Old Cora Courthouse", one of the oldest standing wooden courthouses in Texas.[4]

The Comanche County Historical Museum in Comanche features a blacksmith shop, filling station, and doctor's office. A replica saloon depicts the site where gunfighter John Wesley Hardin killed a deputy in 1874.[4]

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Geography

Comanche is located at 31°54′0″N 98°36′16″W / 31.9°N 98.60444°W / 31.9; -98.60444 (31.899890, -98.604485).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.6 km²), all of it land.

Historical marker on the courthouse square featuring the geologist Robert T. Hill of Comanche

The Comanche Chief newspaper office in Comanche, Texas

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,482 people, 1,656 households, and 1,157 families residing in the city. The population density was 998.3 people per square mile (385.4/km²). There were 1,898 housing units at an average density of 422.8/sq mi (163.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.01% White, 1.20% African American, 1.09% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 15.13% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.51% of the population.

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