Justin, Texas

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Justin is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,891 at the 2005 census.

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History

In 1848, approximately 70 followers of the French utopian socialist Etienne Cabet arrived in what is now Justin to found an Icarian community. The attempt failed.[3]

Contrary to popular belief, the town is not named after or related to the Justin Boot Company. In January 1887 the community petitioned postal authorities for a post office to be named Justin, in honor of Justin Sherman, a chief engineer with the Santa Fe Railroad.[4]

Justin once was a center of salvage companies, which buy property involved in fires and tornadoes and sell it for discounted prices. In the late 1970s Western wear became very popular, and the Wallace family's salvage operations began to focus on Western wear. The other two major salvage businesses closed, and the salvage industry disappeared.[5]

The Texas Motor Speedway had a Justin mailing address until July 9, 2005. Because it is physically located in the city of Fort Worth, the United States Postal Service changed the mailing address to Fort Worth, Texas.[citation needed]

WFAA-TV, Channel 8 operates a 750,000 watt doppler radar out of Justin since January 25, 1995.

Geography

Justin is located at 33°5′18″N 97°17′51″W / 33.08833°N 97.2975°W / 33.08833; -97.2975 (33.088414, -97.297368)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land.

Some areas of Justin along FM 156 and Hwy 114 use the Justin ZIP code (76247) even though the land is owned by the City of Fort Worth.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2005, there were 1,891 people, 650 households, and 503 families residing in the city. The population density was 796.8 people per square mile (308.1/km²). There were 681 housing units at an average density of 287.0/sq mi (110.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.44% White, 1.43% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 2.55% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races.

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