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Hallettsville, Texas


Hallettsville, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas
Motto: "The Best Time in Texas"[1]
Location of Hallettsville, Texas
Location of Hallettsville, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Lavaca
Established 1831[2]
 • Mayor Warren Grindeland
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Land 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 233 ft (71 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,345
 • Density 1,051.0/sq mi (405.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77964
Area code(s) 361
FIPS code 48-31868[3]
GNIS feature ID 1337258[4]

Hallettsville is a city in Lavaca County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,550 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lavaca County.[5] It is the only place called Hallettsville in the world.[6]

Water tower in Hallettsville


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Arts and culture 4
  • Public Library 5
  • Education 6
  • Notable people 7
  • In popular culture 8
  • Climate 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Hallettsville is named for an early founding family that colonized this area.[7] John Hallett had received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin in 1831 and after his death in 1836 his wife, Margaret Hallett, donated the land for the town's location.[8]

A few of the early settlers of the Hallettsville area include Collatinus Ballard, M. B. Bennett, A. W. Hicks, David Ives, Ira McDaniel, and William Smeathers.


Hallettsville is located at (29.445398, -96.940734).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,345 people, 1,019 households, and 627 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,051.0 people per square mile (406.0/km²). There were 1,223 housing units at an average density of 548.1 per square mile (211.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.10% White, 16.46% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 4.48% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.17% of the population.

There were 1,019 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,089, and the median income for a family was $38,080. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $20,365 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,811. About 16.4% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The town is home to the Texas Championship Domino Hall of Fame and also hosts a dominoes tournament every year in January. It also hosts its annual Kolache Fest and Fiddler's Frolic events every September and April.[12]

Public Library

The Friench Simpson Memorial Library has served the residents of Hallettsville as well as Lavaca County for over 70 years. The modern library houses over 20,000 volumes and is a major source of Local History and Genealogy research for the area. Public access computers with Internet connections are available for use at the library. [4]


Public education in the city of Hallettsville is provided by the Hallettsville Independent School District. Sacred Heart Catholic School, a private Pre-K–12 campus, is also located in the city.

Notable people

Hallettsville is the birthplace of the late philanthropist and businessman Adolph R. Hanslik of Lubbock, a Czech-American sometimes called the dean of Texas cotton exporters. It is also the birthplace of Logan Ondrusek, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.

In popular culture

Although the actual town involved in the real story of the "Chicken Ranch" is located a few miles north of Hallettsville on Highway 77, film makers chose the town's historic Lavaca County Courthouse square to serve as backdrop for the city scenes in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,the 1982 musical starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.

Hallettsville is also the featured location in the 2009 horror film titled Hallettsville, which stars Gary Busey and Derek Lee Nixon.

The town is mentioned in the Robert Earl Keen song "Armadillo Jackel" as the place where they pay $2.50 for dead armadillos.[13]

Ripley's Believe It or Not! once called Hallettsville the "13 City" because in 1913 it had 13 letters in the name, a population of 1300, 13 churches, 13 newspapers, and even 13 saloons.[14][15]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hallettsville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[16]


  1. ^ "Halletsville Chamber of Commerce". Halletsville Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Mary Ramsey, "HALLETTSVILLE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online [5], accessed October 19, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Lavaca County Courthouse". Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Hallettsville, Texas, TX". ePodunk. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ Mary Ramsey, "HALLETTSVILLE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online [6], accessed June 08, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Texas Championship Domino Hall of Fame". Texas Tourism Department. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  13. ^ "The Armadillo Jackal Lyrics". Metro Lyrics. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Hallettsville". Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Hallettsville". Bastropia. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ Climate Summary for Hallettsville, Texas

External links

  • Official Website of the City of Hallettsville
  • Halletsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • ePodunk: Profile for Hallettsville, Texas

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