Pleasanton, Texas

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Pleasanton is a city in Atascosa County, Texas, United States. The population was 8,266 at the 2000 census. Pleasanton's official motto is "The City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks." It is part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Pleasanton honors its cowboy heritage with the "Mr. Cowboy" sculpture in front of City Hall and across from the giant oak tree downtown. The roots of the cattle kingdom can be traced to Atascosa County in the 1860s, which calls itself "the birthplace of the cowboys." The sculpture is a gift of Ben and Mona Parker. The Longhorn Museum in east Pleasanton on Texas State Highway 97 contains artifacts and memorabilia of the cowboy years. The Cowboy Homecoming, begun in 1966, is an annual event held at the Atascosa River Park in Pleasanton.

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History

Pleasanton was established in 1858 when conflicts with the Indians caused the settlers to move the location of the county seat from Amphion. The settlers chose the current town site because of its location at the mouth of Bonita Creek. The settlement was named after John Pleasant, an early settler.

At one time Pleasanton had two newspapers, the Pleasanton Picayune, which became the Pleasanton Express in 1909, and the Pleasanton Reporter. The county seat was moved from Pleasanton to Jourdanton in 1910. Pleasanton was incorporated in 1917.

In November 1957, the citizens of Pleasanton voted overwhelmingly to desegregate the public schools. This came some two months after the chaos at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. Some three dozen African American pupils were integrated into the Pleasanton school.[3]

Geography and climate

Pleasanton is located at 28°58′1″N 98°29′6″W / 28.96694°N 98.485°W / 28.96694; -98.485 (28.966953, -98.484937)[4], about 35 miles south of San Antonio, 110 miles south-southwest of Austin, and 110 miles north by north-northwest of Corpus Christi.

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