Legend of "Old Rip" in Eastland, Texas
Location of Eastland, Texas
|• Total||3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)|
|• Land||3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,440 ft (439 m)|
|• Density||1,116/sq mi (431.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1335045|
The recession of 1921 exacerbated racial tensions between Anglos and Mexicans. Naturally, unemployment increased in town and whites attempted to oust Mexicans whom were hired during the WWI boom. Masked men ravaged shacks used by Mexicans as living quarters. Whites threatened Mexicans' lives and fearful, they fled to nearby Ft. Worth to seek help from the Mexican Consulate since local authorities took the side of the Anglo locals.
In 1928, the current courthouse was erected, the prior cornerstone was opened, and "Old Rip" was found alive. The animal, a kind of lizard, received national publicity. It died in 1929 of pneumonia and was placed in a glass-front casket on view in the present courthouse.
Eastland is located north of the center of Eastland County at  It is 96 miles (154 km) west-southwest of Fort Worth and 55 miles (89 km) east of Abilene. The city is accessed by Interstate 20 between exits 340 to the south and 343 to the east.(32.398715, -98.821144).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,769 people, 1,475 households, and 998 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,333.1 people per square mile (514.2/km²). There were 1,737 housing units at an average density of 614.4 per square mile (237.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.64% White, 1.80% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.67% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.89% of the population. There were 1,475 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the city, the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,277, and the median income for a family was $34,333. Males had a median income of $27,072 versus $16,574 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,339. About 14.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.
- Hayden Fry (b. 1929), college football coach
- Richard D. Lawrence, United States Army Lieutenant general
- Don Pierson (1925 - 1996), former mayor of Eastland, business innovator, communications pioneer (Radio England) and civic leader
- Doc Scurlock (1849 - 1929), Old West figure and founding member of the Regulators who rode with such men as Billy the Kid
- Clayton W. Williams, Sr. (1895 - 1983), engineer with the Oil Belt Power Company; lived in Eastland during the early 1920s
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Eastland has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
First Baptist Church in Eastland
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