In the early 1900s, a railroad stop was established in the area and named Blanchard by William Carlisle, owner of the sawmill at nearby Onalaska, after his brother-in-law, Ben Blanchard, of New York.
In 1949, the rail line, which had been operated by the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railway Co. since 1923, was abandoned.
When Lake Livingston was constructed in 1968, a series of roads and parks were developed in the area. Blanchard's population was estimated at 50 in the mid-1920s, mid-1980s, and early 1990s. In 2000, the population was listed as 200.
- Wooster, R. "Blanchard, Texas". The Handbook of Texas Online (Texas State Historical Association, February 28, 2006), www.tshaonline.org. Retrieved 2007-08-07.
- Pictures of Blanchard Park in Blanchard, Texas
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blanchard, Texas
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