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Jacksboro, Texas
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Jack County Jacksboro.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Jack
 • Total 8.09 sq mi (20.95 km2)
 • Land 7.23 sq mi (18.72 km2)
 • Water 0.86 sq mi (2.23 km2)
1,083 ft (330 m)
 • Total 4,511
 • Estimate 
 • Density 606.61/sq mi (234.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 940
FIPS code 48-37168
GNIS feature ID 1338568

Jacksboro is a city in Jack County, Texas, in the United States. Its population was 4,511 at the 2010 census. U.S. Highways 281 and 380 intersect at Jacksboro, which is the county seat of Jack County.


Jacksboro is located at 33°13′24″N 98°09′39″W / 33.223355°N 98.160845°W / 33.223355; -98.160845 (33.223355, -98.160845).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which, 5.8 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it (14.54%) is water.


Jacksboro was first settled in the 1850s, attracted by land offers from the Texas Emigration and Land Office. Originally called Mesquiteville, the community grew up along the banks of Lost Creek and spread out over the pastureland between Lost Creek and the waters of the West Fork of Keechi Creek. It was renamed Jacksboro in 1858 when it became the county seat, in honor of brothers William and Patrick Jack, veterans of the Texas Revolution. Regular postal service began in 1859.

The county was one of the few to vote against secession before the Civil War . It was devastated by Native American raids until Fort Richardson was built south of Jacksboro in 1870. The population quickly bounced back into the thousands, and the town gained national attention in 1871 when two Kiowa chiefs, Satanta and Big Tree, were tried for murder there.

The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad arrived in 1898, and increased the town's commercial importance to the surrounding region, as did the completion of highways and other roads later on.

It is near Fort Richardson State Historical Park. Jacksboro stakes a claim to having the first state 4-H club, formed in the 1910s in Jacksboro.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 387
1890 751 94.1%
1900 1,311 74.6%
1910 1,480 12.9%
1920 1,373 −7.2%
1930 1,837 33.8%
1940 2,368 28.9%
1950 2,951 24.6%
1960 3,816 29.3%
1970 3,554 −6.9%
1980 4,000 12.5%
1990 3,350 −16.2%
2000 4,533 35.3%
2010 4,511 −0.5%
2019 (est.) 4,384 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the census of 2000, 4,533 people, 1,382 households, and 954 families resided in the city. The population density was 778.7 people per square mile (300.7/km2). The 1,559 housing units average 267.8/sq mi (103.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.95% White, 10.46% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 5.56% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 10.74% of the population.

Of the 1,382 households, 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were not families. About 28.4% of households were one person and 16.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50, and the average family size was 3.06. The age distribution was 21.7% under 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% were 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 139.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 156.5 males.

The median household income was $30,833, and the median family income was $36,759. Males had a median income of $26,716 versus $20,592 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,595. About 12.2% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Jacksboro has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


The city is served by the Jacksboro Independent School District.

Notable people

  • Darrell Lester, former All-American football player at Texas Christian University
  • Abe Martin, former head coach and athletic director at Texas Christian University
  • Don Massengale, former professional golfer on the PGA Tour
  • Rik Massengale, former professional golfer on the PGA Tour

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