Gordon, Texas

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Gordon is a city in Palo Pinto County, Texas, United States. The population was 467 in 2008.

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Geography

Gordon is located at 32°32′39″N 98°21′58″W / 32.544121°N 98.365978°W / 32.544121; -98.365978 (32.544121, -98.365978).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km2), all of it land.

History

Gordon's history beings in 1864 with the founding of the community of Hampton, Texas. The town of Gordon was planned by the Texas and Pacific Railway one mile south of Hampton in 1874. The new town was named Gordon after the civil engineer responsible for surveying the townsite land. The railroad was built through the area in 1880, and the following year Hampton was moved to meet the railroad. The first classes at the Gordon School were held in 1882, and the post office opened on 17 October 1883 with local businessman Robert Rogan serving as the community's first postmaster. Gordon High School was built in 1887, and by 1889 Gordon possessed five general stores, three drug stores, three hotels, three cotton gins and a reported population of 300 residents.

By 1901, Gordon had telephone service and the city got its own power plant in 1912. At the census of 1920, the burgeoning community reported 1,000 residents, but the effects of the Great Depression brought prosperity to a halt and by 1960 there were fewer than 500 people living in Gordon. The city has managed to survive as a point of commerce and shipping for local ranching and petroleum production, and as of the 2000 Census Gordon claimed 451 residents.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 451 people, 190 households, and 128 families residing in the city. The population density was 467.2 people per square mile (179.5/km2). There were 228 housing units at an average density of 236.2/sq mi (90.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.23% White, 1.11% Native American, 0.44% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.10% of the population.

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