Sterling City, Texas

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Sterling City is a city in and the county seat of Sterling County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 1,081 at the 2000 census, but had dropped to 982 by 2009.[4]

On May 25, 1955, twenty-seven United States Air Force personnel, known as the Abbot 27, perished in an airplane crash near Sterling City. The airmen were members of the 40th Bomb Squadron of the 6th Bombardment Wing at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. A monument in their honor was erected in 2007 at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo.



Sterling City is where most people in the county live, since becoming the county seat in 1891.[5] W.S. Sterling, Indian fighter and buffalo hunter, was the namesake of the town.

Land for Sterling City was donated in January of 1891 by R.C. Stewart, and was platted by H.B. Tarver in February. Before the year end, the town had its own newspaper, a hotel, a post office and several other businesses. Next year, a school was built and Sterling City had 300 citizens in another four.

Sterling City began its reign as home to a portion of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1910, but the service was eventually abandoned. The depot is still available for visitors to see.[6]

During World War II, the population reportedly decreased, but by 1990 peaked nearly 1,100 residents, but since has dropped again to 982 by 2009.


Sterling City is located at 31°50′21″N 100°59′9″W / 31.83917°N 100.98583°W / 31.83917; -100.98583 (31.839066, -100.985871)[7].

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.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,081 people, 393 households, and 297 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,105.9 people per square mile (425.9/km²). There were 467 housing units at an average density of 477.7/sq mi (184.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.05% White, 0.09% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 14.80% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.30% of the population.

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