Cisco, Texas

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Cisco, Texas
City
Downtown Cisco
Downtown Cisco
Motto: City of Progress
Location of Cisco, Texas
Location of Cisco, Texas
Eastland County Cisco.svg
Coordinates: 32°23′5″N 98°58′53″W / 32.38472°N 98.98139°W / 32.38472; -98.98139Coordinates: 32°23′5″N 98°58′53″W / 32.38472°N 98.98139°W / 32.38472; -98.98139
Country United States
State Texas
County Eastland
Incorporated (city) 1921
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Jimbob Maples
Area
 • Total 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 • Land 4.8 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,634 ft (498 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,851
 • Density 794.1/sq mi (306.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76437
Area code(s) 254
FIPS code 48-15004[1]
GNIS feature ID 1332853[2]
Website www.ciscotx.com

Cisco is a city in Eastland County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,899 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Conrad Hilton started the Hilton Hotel chain with a single hotel bought in Cisco. Hilton came to Cisco to buy a bank, but the bank cost too much; so he purchased the Mobley Hotel in 1919. The hotel is now a local museum and community center.[3]

During the 1920s, Cisco, like nearby Ranger, Eastland, and Desdemona, was a petroleum boomtown.[4]

In 1925, the first annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association was held in Cisco. The association, formed in 1924, was then based at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene but moved in 1998 to Texas Tech University in Lubbock.[5]

The Santa Claus Bank Robbery occurred in Cisco on December 23, 1927, when Marshall Ratliff and his gang attempted to rob the First National Bank. As of August 2009, the bank site is occupied by an auto parts store, with a Texas Historical Commission sign commemorating the event.[6]

The Cisco High School football team (Loboes) won the 2A Div ll championship game against Refugio High School (Bobcats) at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington on December 19, 2013. The championship was Cisco's first.

Today Cisco derives its revenue from traffic and parking tickets cited to passing interstate motorists whom the city knows are unlikely to return to contest. Ill placed parking signs, unmarked handicap parking spaces and police filling their quotas coupled with kangaroo courts make this town a place to slow down and avoid.

Geography[edit]

Cisco is located at 32°23′5″N 98°58′53″W / 32.38472°N 98.98139°W / 32.38472; -98.98139 (32.384762, -98.981265).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), of which, 4.8 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.21% is water.

Cisco, Texas, is unique because it is halfway between Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Both locations are roughly 1,248 miles from Cisco.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,851 people, 1,491 households, and 970 families residing in the city. The population density was 794.1 people per square mile (306.6/km²). There were 1,849 housing units at an average density of 381.3 per square mile (147.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.00% White, 3.87% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.02% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.00% of the population.

There were 1,491 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,069, and the median income for a family was $31,833. Males had a median income of $27,222 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,504. About 13.0% of families and 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The City of Cisco is served by the Cisco Independent School District and Cisco College, an affordable, two-year college that began in Cisco in 1940.

Cisco College is located in Cisco, one of two community colleges located in Eastland County. The mascot for Cisco High School is the Loboes, proudly misspelled for decades, and their colors are black and gold. The Cisco College mascot is the Wranglers, and their school colors are blue and white.

In 1947 the School District declared bankruptcy. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Hilton, Conrad Nicholson (Texas State Historical Association)
  4. ^ Cisco, Texas (Texas State Historical Association)
  5. ^ "Ernest Wallace, "West Texas Historical Association"". tshaonline.org. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ Santa Claus Bank Robbery (Texas State Historical Association)
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1983/08/30/us/san-jose-schools-can-cut-pay-us-bankruptcy-court-rules.html

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