Harper, Texas

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Harper is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gillespie County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,006 at the 2000 census.



Harper is located at 30°18′04″N 99°14′36″W / 30.301009°N 99.243326°W / 30.301009; -99.243326 (30.301009, -99.243326).[3] This is about 76 miles (122 km) northwest of San Antonio and 90 miles (145 km) west of Austin.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 56.6 square miles (146.5 km2), all of it land.


The site was first settled by the families of Eli McDonald and Matthew Taylor in 1863. A historical marker just south of U.S. Highway 290 commemorates the McDonald massacre of August 1864. This incident involved the killing of two family members and the kidnapping of five more by Kiowa Indians.

A post office was established in 1883 by George Franklin Harper, for whom the town was named. By 1985, the town served a large ranching area and had six churches, fire department and ambulance services, a public school, and growing residential subdivisions. The population of the area exceeded 1,000 by 2000.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,006 people, 417 households, and 293 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 17.8 people per square mile (6.9/km2). There were 536 housing units at an average density of 9.5/sq mi (3.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.73% White, 0.10% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 2.39% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.97% of the population.

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