Stephenville, Texas

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Stephenville, Texas
—  City  —
Erath County Courthouse
Nickname(s): The "Ville"
Location of Stephenville, Texas
Coordinates: 32°13′13″N 98°12′49″W / 32.22028°N 98.21361°W / 32.22028; -98.21361Coordinates: 32°13′13″N 98°12′49″W / 32.22028°N 98.21361°W / 32.22028; -98.21361
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
StateTexasTexas
CountyErath
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Nancy A. Hunter
Joe E. Cude
Malcolm L. Cross
Doug Svien
Russ McDanel
Alan Nash
Alan Nix
Martha Cashon
Scott Evans
 • City ManagerMark A. Kaiser
Area
 • Total11.89 sq mi (30.79 km2)
 • Land11.89 sq mi (30.79 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,273 ft (388 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total17,123
 • Density1,440.4/sq mi (556.1/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes76401-76402
Area code(s)254
FIPS code48-70208[1]
GNIS feature ID1347894[2]
Websiteci.Stephenville.TX.us
 
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Stephenville, Texas
—  City  —
Erath County Courthouse
Nickname(s): The "Ville"
Location of Stephenville, Texas
Coordinates: 32°13′13″N 98°12′49″W / 32.22028°N 98.21361°W / 32.22028; -98.21361Coordinates: 32°13′13″N 98°12′49″W / 32.22028°N 98.21361°W / 32.22028; -98.21361
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
StateTexasTexas
CountyErath
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Nancy A. Hunter
Joe E. Cude
Malcolm L. Cross
Doug Svien
Russ McDanel
Alan Nash
Alan Nix
Martha Cashon
Scott Evans
 • City ManagerMark A. Kaiser
Area
 • Total11.89 sq mi (30.79 km2)
 • Land11.89 sq mi (30.79 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,273 ft (388 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total17,123
 • Density1,440.4/sq mi (556.1/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes76401-76402
Area code(s)254
FIPS code48-70208[1]
GNIS feature ID1347894[2]
Websiteci.Stephenville.TX.us
Historical House Museum in Stephenville is an 1869 Victorian home with period furnishings and relics of area history. There is also a carriage house and a reconstructed log cabin.
Presbyterian Church at the Stephenville Museum

Stephenville is a city in and the county seat of Erath County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 17,123 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1856, it is home to Tarleton State University. Stephenville is among several communities that calls itself the "Cowboy Capital of the World".

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History

Stephenville is named after John M. Stephen, who settled there in 1854 and donated the land for the townsite laid out by George B. Erath when the county was organized in 1856. In the first two years of its settlement, the townsite was successful; by 1858 the population reached 776. However the townsite was located in Comanche territory and raids were common. Also the hardships of the American Civil War forced citizens to leave. The population declined until 1871 when it grew after Stephenville became an agriculture and livestock center. Coal mining also became important to the area in 1886 and was a major source of economy for the following three decades.

Stephenville was incorporated in 1889, with the arrival of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway. In the 1890s, many of the buildings around the town square were built, Tarleton State University opened, and the community's two newspapers merged to become the Empire-Tribune, which is still in existence. In the 20th century industry became an important part of Stephenville, and the population has steadily increased since the 1920s.

Geography

Stephenville is located at 32°13′13″N 98°12′49″W / 32.22028°N 98.21361°W / 32.22028; -98.21361 (32.220168, -98.213630)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.89 square miles (30.8 km2), of which, 11.89 square miles (30.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it is water.

Stephenville is bisected by three major US highways. US Highway 377, US Highway 281, and US Highway 67 (which joins into US Hwy 377).

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 17,123 people, 6,276 households, and 3,351 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,440.4 people per square mile (556.1/km²). There were 7,579 housing units at an average density of 637.4 per square mile (246.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.2% White, 2.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.7% of the population.

There were 6,276 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.2% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 19, 21.4% from 20 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25.3 years. There were 8,130 males and 8,933 females.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,175, and the median income for a family was $52,320. Males had a median income of $36,139 versus $30,007 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,596. About 13.6% of families and 26.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

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Notable people

UFO sightings

On January 8, 2008, Stephenville gained national media attention when dozens and later hundreds of residents reported observations of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). According to reports, residents observed several types of UFOs, the descriptions ranging from triangular looking craft to discs. Several residents described the crafts as the size of a football field, while others said they were nearly a mile long, similar to the historic Arizona mass sighting of March 13, 1997.[5] Some observers reported military aircraft pursuing the objects.[6]

CNN's Larry King covered the news story in the days following the incident, and according to Steve Allen, a private pilot who witnessed the UFO, the object was travelling at a high rate of speed which supposedly reached 3,000 feet in the air. Allen said it was "About a half a mile wide and about a mile long. It was humongous, whatever it was."[7] The History Channel show, UFO Hunters did an investigation on the UFO sightings.

On January 23, after initially denying that any aircraft were operating in the area for operations security purposes, the US Air Force said that it was conducting training flights in the Stephenville area that involved 10 fighter jets.[8] The Air Force said they were merely F-16 Fighting Falcon jets conducting night flights from NAS JRB Fort Worth. Former Stephenville Empire-Trubune staff writer Angelia Joiner, who during this period was the reporter covering the story, resigned from the paper when they ceased covering the topic.[9] Washington Post blogger Emil Steiner reported that her termination may have been related to pressure from the Stephenville town fathers.[10] MUFON has released reports about the UFO incident here. The report was based on radar data obtained from the FAA. Using the FAA radar information the detailed report tracked the F16 flight paths as well as an unknown object in the same area and time as seen by multiple witnesses.[11] Stephenville lights radar data was obtained by the authors via FOIA requests and with the help of a british programmer Rob Jeffs has been recreacted. [12] Inquiries made about the UFO incident have been stonewalled by the USAF.[13]

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