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Hallsville is a city in Harrison County, Texas, United States, located 13 miles (21 km) west of the county seat, Marshall, on U.S. Highway 80. The population was 3,577 at the 2010 census, up from 2,772 at the 2000 census.
The area was first settled in 1839, when Fort Crawford was built one mile west of the site of present Hallsville by W. C. Crawford as a protection against Indians. In 1849 the fort is reported to have had a post office and a two-story building that served as church, Masonic hall, and school (the only school in western Harrison County until 1868). In 1869, when an independent Southern Pacific Railway crossed a mile north of Fort Crawford, the settlers moved to the railroad and named the new settlement for a railroad official. All that remains at the original location is a cemetery.
A post office named "Hallville" opened in 1869, and the first business in the new community was a saloon. From 1869 to 1872 the town was the terminus of the railroad, and the railroad company built a general office and machine shops there. The community incorporated for the first time in 1870 and was a boom town, with as many as fifty businesses, in the early 1870s. Hallville shipped cotton, wool, and hides. In 1872, when the Texas and Pacific acquired the railroad and built out to Longview in Gregg County, Hallville lost much of its western trade. In 1873 the railroad moved its local headquarters and shops to Marshall. Hallville's incorporation lapsed, and the community lost many of its people to Marshall in the later 1870s. In 1884 it had an estimated 600 inhabitants, three churches, six sawmills, six grist mill-gins, a hotel, two saloons, and a cooperative association. By 1892 the population had fallen to 300, but it recovered to 600 in the 1900s. In 1904 the Hallville school district had two schools serving 180 white pupils and one school serving 111 black pupils. A bank opened in the community in 1909. In the 1920s the post office changed the spelling of its name to Hallsville. The community reincorporated in 1935.
Until 2003, Hallsville had only one traffic light, located at the main intersection at Main Street (HWY 80) and FM 450. The town has experienced rapid growth in the past decade and now boasts five traffic lights, a larger corporate grocery store chain, a medical and dental clinic, two dollar stores and several fast-food chains. The heart and pulse of the community still lies in its school functions, particularly sporting events.
Started in 1972, in an effort to raise funds for the city park, Lawrence and Eulyne LaFoy, along with a group of other citizens, had the idea of holding a horse show and tack sale. The local riding club, the Chamber of Commerce and the city came forth to execute the LaFoy's idea. Hallsville's goal was to raise funds for a matching government grant for the beautification and updating of the city and celebrate living in the Hallsville community. Trophies were donated, entry fees were donated and the funds went to the city park. From that beginning a Western Days committee was formed and have carried on the tradition since. The event opens (Usually the first Weekend in October) on Friday morning when students and staff of Hallsville High School come to school in western attire and activities are held on the campuses. Western Days has grown from a one-day event to a three-day event. The three-day event includes a street dance, parade, arts and crafts booths, chili cookoff, bike decorating contest, live bands, Fun Run, Drumline performance, Civil War Reenactment, and the Miss Hallsville Western Days Program. Miss Hallsville Contestants are introduced at around 7:00 PM prior to the Friday night Hallsville Bobcat football game in Bobcat Stadium.
In 2006, the decision was made to set the date for Western Days as the first weekend in October every year, while it had previously been planned around a home football game weekend.
The "H" Association was founded in 1933 at Hallsville High School by Ben Pannell. Pannell was the athletic coach and Hallsville High School principal.
The annual "H" Association banquet is held the Saturday before Easter each year H Association members and Hallsville Lettermen from all over the area attend this annual banquet. Each year at this banquet, the new inductee or inductees are announced. Also, the athlete of the year (who is chosen by the Hallsville coaches) is announced, which started in 1950.
In 1963 an "H" Association board of trustees was formed. Hulon Blalock, Joel Dorsey, Winnifred Haggard, William Lawrence, Bill Dick Parker, Elgin Poole, Willie Steven, D.M Summers, Pres Young and Edd Young were elected to the board. Edd Young was elected as chairman and remained chairman till his death on January 2, 2002. Harrison County Commissioner, James Greer was elected to take his place as chairman in 2002.
In 1963 the board started the "H" Association Hall of Fame. After determining criteria for inductees, Bill Dick Parker, Joel Dorsey, and Neal Henigan were chosen as the 1963 indutees, In the preceding years, the following former athletes from Hallsville have been inducted into the Hall of Fame: 1964, Ross "Larry" Parker, Perry "Peck" Bunt, Barney Oliver; 1965, Clayton "Shag" Coon, Hulon Blalock, Edd Young; 1966, Clyde Kinsy, Murray Know, Brad Horner; 1967, Dick Hays; 1968, James Greer; 1969, Votto Gaddis, Ed Ferges, Corky Ford; 1970. Gene Palmer, Randle Walker; 1971, Mike Buchanan, Lindsey Roberts; 1972, Rueben Bussey, Bobby Price, Avery Downing; 1973, Maurice Jones; 1974, Coach Ben Pannel, Roy Green, Bobby Hunt, Stanley Lawrence; 1975, James Brack, Bobby Mowrey, Jerry Malone; 1976, Pres Young, Rex Scroggins, Dink Ford; 1977, Robert Knight; 1979, Jackie Walker, Gregg McNeal; 1980, Windy Haggard, Syd Keasler, Zell Roberts, Wilber Ingram; 1981, Kenny Rowe, Martin Luther King Jr, Danny Malone; 1982, Jimmy Killion, Gene Grammer; 1983, David Powell, Jerry Bunt; 1984, Doug Floyd, Ken Jones; 1985, Mike Trice, Scooter Taylor; 1986, Brian Koechel, Bryon Lawrence; 1987, Donald Taylor; 1988, Jimmie Tallant; 1989, Tommy Roberts; 1990, Chris Shafer, Larry Gideon; 1991, Randy Clark, Clifford Shaw; 1992, Jimmy Lynn Grimes, Ricky Lawrence; 1993, Linty Ingram; 1995, Jeff Brownlee, Ron Gideon; 1996, John Martin; 1997, Rob Floyd; 1998, Steve Green, Patrick Gill; 1999, J.B. Rodgers; 2000, Les Langley; 2001, Rodney Flake; 2002, Donnie Muckleroy
Bobcat Radio 104.9 KQAT is an information source for western Harrison County, owned and operated by Hallsville Independent School District. The low power FM (LPFM) station serves the city of Hallsville and the surrounding community for a 10-mile radius. Bobcat Radio also broadcasts on the Internet at http://bobcatradio.hisd.com.
Hallsville is located in western Harrison County at 32°30′15″N 94°34′30″W (32.504036, -94.574904). U.S. Highway 80 passes through the center of town as Main Street, leading east 13 miles (21 km) to Marshall, the county seat, and west 10 miles (16 km) to Longview. Farm Road 450 leads south from the center of Hallsville 2 miles (3 km) to Interstate 20 at Exit 604 and north 13 miles (21 km) to Harleton.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Hallsville has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all of it land.
As of the 2010 census Hallsville had a population of 3,577. The median age was 32. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 89.1% white, 5.5% black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.6% from some other race and 2.0% from two or more races. 6.1% of the population was Hispanic of any race.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,772 people, 993 households, and 799 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,217.3 people per square mile (469.4/km²). There were 1,050 housing units at an average density of 461.1 per square mile (177.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.15% White, 4.76% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.27% of the population.
There were 993 households out of which 48.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.5% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the city, the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,341, and the median income for a family was $49,868. Males had a median income of $39,844 versus $21,833 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,689. About 5.8% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
The city is served by the Hallsville Independent School District.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hallsville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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