Cisco, Texas

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Cisco is a city in Eastland County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,851 at the 2000 census.



Conrad Hilton started the Hilton Hotel chain with a single hotel bought in Cisco. Hilton came to Cisco to buy a bank, but the bank cost too much; so he purchased the Mobley Hotel in 1919. The hotel is now a local museum and community center.[3]

During the 1920s, Cisco, like nearby Ranger, Eastland, and Desdemona, was a petroleum boomtown.[4]

In 1925, the first annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association was held in Cisco. The association, formed in 1924, was then based at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene but moved in 1998 to Texas Tech University in Lubbock.[5]

The Santa Claus Bank Robbery occurred in Cisco on December 23, 1927, when Marshall Ratliff and his gang attempted to rob the First National Bank. As of August 2009, the bank site is occupied by an auto parts store, with a Texas Historical Commission sign commemorating the event.[6]


Cisco is located at 32°23′5″N 98°58′53″W / 32.38472°N 98.98139°W / 32.38472; -98.98139 (32.384762, -98.981265)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.6 km²), of which, 4.8 square miles (12.6 km²) of it is land and 0.21% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,851 people, 1,491 households, and 970 families residing in the city. The population density was 794.1 people per square mile (306.6/km²). There were 1,849 housing units at an average density of 381.3/sq mi (147.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.00% White, 3.87% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.02% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.00% of the population.

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