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HUBBARD, TEXAS

Hill County, North Central Texas
Highway 171 and Highway 31
24 Miles SE of Hillsboro
77 Miles SE of Fort Worth
27 Miles SW of Corsicana
30 Miles NE of Waco

Population: 1,586 (2000)

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Downtown Hubbard, Texas
Downtown Hubbard
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Once known as Slap-out, Texas or McLainsboro, Texas, the town was established around 1860. It was renamed after former Governor Richard B. Hubbard around 1881 when the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad of Texas built a depot. The post office was granted, the first newspaper published and a bank (private) opened all in the year 1881. The town was later added to the route of the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad, making it a two-railroad town.

In 1895 while drilling for drinking water, the city hit hoit mineral water - making the town a (minor) resort town. (See Dog Drinks Water - Saves Town by Mike Cox.) From its earliest reported population of 250 (1884), it had doubled by the early 1890s and was 2,700 by the mid-1920s.

The Great Depression, WWII and the decline of water resorts took its toll on Hubbard. The population was only 1,772 by the early 1950s - increasing to 1,872 by the late 1980s and then declining to the current 1,586. Hubbard lost some downtown buildings to a 1973 tornado but still retains some picturesque residental streets and is worth a visit.
Hubbard, Texas church
Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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Hubbard Tx Water Tower
Watertower
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Hubbard, Texas water tower & volunteer fire department
Volunteer Fire Department and water tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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Hubbard Chronicles

  • Dog Drinks Water - Saves Town by Mike Cox
    Just about everyone has heard the expression “sick as a dog,” and most people have occasionally felt that way, but folks in the town of Hubbard once credited their economic heyday to a sick pooch.
  • Hubbard (Hill County) Tornado - 1973 by Marlene Bradford
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