Everman, Texas

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City of Everman, Texas
City
Location of Everman in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Everman in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°37′49″N 97°17′3″W / 32.63028°N 97.28417°W / 32.63028; -97.28417Coordinates: 32°37′49″N 97°17′3″W / 32.63028°N 97.28417°W / 32.63028; -97.28417
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
Government
 • City Manager Donna Anderson
Area
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 669 ft (204 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,108
 • Density 3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76140
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-24912[1]
GNIS feature ID 1335589[2]
Website http://www.evermantx.net/

Everman is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,108 at the 2010 census.[3]

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Steven Wayne Smith, who served from 2002–2005, was reared in Everman.[4]

Dogma Debate Host David Smalley was born here.

History[edit]

Everman is an incorporated residential community on the southern edge of Fort Worth near Interstate 820 in southeastern Tarrant County. Members of the Kiowa, Apache and Wichita tribes inhabited the area until the arrival of Anglo-Americans in the early to middle 1850s. A hamlet named Oak Grove existed in the area for several years. A small community to the east of present day Everman was known as "Enon". The "Enon" community name had been taken from the Bible. They had a doctor's office, a drug store, and a general store.

Upon the arrival of the International – Great Northern Railroad in 1902, the more established community of Everman Village was developed. The town moved closer to the railway, which was convenient because it gave the citizens transportation and a means to ship freight both to Houston and to Fort Worth, the nearest city. It was much easier and more pleasant to ride the train than to ride a horse, buggy, or wagon. The people named this new community Everman after John Wesley Everman, the man who was the head of the surveying party that platted the town site. A native of Philadelphia, he came to Texas as an engineer for the IGN Railroad and eventually became the general superintendent and assistant general manager for the Texas and Pacific Railway Company. He died in Dallas in 1946 at the age of 85. The names of some of his descendants still appear in the Fort Worth telephone book, though none live in the city of Everman. The original streets were named after the men who were in that survey party: Noble, Trammell, Trice, Parker, and Hansbarger. Enon Street was named after the first settlement. After the railroad was established, the town put up a cotton gin and started a land office business.

In 1905 postal service to the settlement began, and in 1906 Everman established an independent school district. In 1917 the community was one of three sites selected to serve as a flight training school for the Canadian Royal Flying Corps and the United States Signal Corps, Aviation Section. Barron Field, just outside the city, stimulated the local economy and increased population growth. In 1976, the Everman Garden Club obtained a Texas Historical Marker for the Barron Munitions Building, which after the war had served as a schoolhouse for African-American schoolchildren.

By the mid-1920s Everman had eight businesses and an estimated population of 138. In 1924, a fire destroyed the bank, a lodge hall that was over the bank, and a grocery store.

An election was held on July 7, 1945, launching the City of Everman. On August 25, 1945, a mayor, a marshal and five aldermen were elected. W. A. Wilson was the first mayor of Everman, and the first marshal was Buster Stephenson. The five aldermen were W. B. Dwiggins, Jack Neill, Clyde Pittman, Howard Easter and J. W. Bishop. Everman was on her way to becoming a city, but water was needed. Bonds were sold to build a public water supply system, and a volunteer fire department was organized. The city's water was first furnished by Claude Vaughan's well.

In 1948 the name changed from the Village of Everman to the City of Everman.

In 1966 there was another big fire in Everman. This time the town lost the post office, a drug store and a cafe. The businesses rebuilt in another location.

After the nearby Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was constructed, the number of residents in Everman increased to more than 5,000 by the mid-1970s. Everman adopted the council-manager form of city government in 1986.[5]

Geography[edit]

Everman is located at 32°37′49″N 97°17′03″W / 32.630284°N 97.284267°W / 32.630284; -97.284267 (32.630284, -97.284267).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.69%, is water.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,836 people, 1,918 households, and 1,522 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,941.8 people per square mile (1,138.0/km2). There were 1,987 housing units at an average density of 1,001.6/sq mi (387.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.83% White, 27.72% African American, 0.48% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 12.58% from other races, and 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.98% of the population.

There were 1,918 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,021, and the median income for a family was $44,330. Males had a median income of $29,560 versus $22,443 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,088. About 8.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The city of Everman is served by the Everman Independent School District. There are five K-4 elementary schools, one fifth grade school, one sixth grade school, one junior high school and one high school. Everman Joe C. Bean High School is home to the 2001 and 2002 Texas 3A State Football champions and the Texas 3A State Boys Basketball champions.

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. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Everman city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "State Bar of Texas: Steven Wayne Smith". texasbar.com. Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.evermantx.net/history/
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Everman city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 

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