Hebbronville, Texas

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Hebbronville is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Jim Hogg County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 4,498 at the 2000 census.



Hebbronville is located at 27°18′41″N 98°40′52″W / 27.31139°N 98.68111°W / 27.31139; -98.68111 (27.311259, -98.680998).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.3 km²), all of it land.


Hebbronville is located on land which once formed part of Las Noriecitas, one of the earliest ranches founded in the area. The town's namesake, James Richard Hebbron, acquired the land, in about 1880, from the descendants of the original grantee, Ingacio Benavides. Hebbronville itself was created in 1883, when the Texas-Mexican Railway Company built a railroad through the area. Francisco P. Peña, operator of Peña Station on this route, refused to sell any land to the Texas-Mexican for a townsite. The company then approached J. R. Hebbron, who arranged for the sale of land for the new townsite, near Peñitas. The old train station at Peñitas was then loaded onto a flatcar, moved 1½ miles west and named Hebbronville.

For a time, Hebbronville ranked as the largest cattle-shipping center in the country and it continues to be a hub of ranching activity.

A photograph of James R. Hebbron hangs in the Jim Hogg County Courthouse, 102, East Tilley Street, Hebbronville. (See External Link below) He was born in London, England, but spent most of his adult life in California, mainly around Salinas.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,498 people, 1,554 households, and 1,165 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 763.4 people per square mile (294.9/km²). There were 1,853 housing units at an average density of 314.5/sq mi (121.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.79% White, 0.53% African American, 0.89% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 14.81% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 90.55% of the population.

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