Rising Star, Texas

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Rising Star, Texas
Location of Rising Star, Texas
Location of Rising Star, Texas
Eastland County RisingStar.svg
Coordinates: 32°5′47″N 98°57′58″W / 32.09639°N 98.96611°W / 32.09639; -98.96611Coordinates: 32°5′47″N 98°57′58″W / 32.09639°N 98.96611°W / 32.09639; -98.96611
Country United States
State Texas
County Eastland
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,624 ft (495 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 835
 • Density 484/sq mi (186.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76471
Area code(s) 254
FIPS code 48-62252[1]
GNIS feature ID 1345253[2]
Website www.risingstartexas.net

Rising Star is a town in Eastland County, Texas, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 835.[3]


Rising Star is located in southwestern Eastland County at 32°5′47″N 98°57′58″W / 32.09639°N 98.96611°W / 32.09639; -98.96611 (32.096260, -98.966074).[4] U.S. Route 183 passes through the town, leading north 20 miles (32 km) to Cisco and south 28 miles (45 km) to Brownwood. Texas State Highway 36 crosses US-183 in the center of town, leading southeast 26 miles (42 km) to Comanche and west 12 miles (19 km) to Cross Plains. Eastland, the county seat, is 30 miles (48 km) to the north and east via US-183 and Interstate 20.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Rising Star has an area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2), all of it land.[3]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rising Star has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 640
1920 906 41.6%
1930 1,160 28.0%
1940 1,198 3.3%
1950 1,289 7.6%
1960 997 −22.7%
1970 1,009 1.2%
1980 1,204 19.3%
1990 859 −28.7%
2000 835 −2.8%
2010 835 0.0%
Est. 2015 827 [6] −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

According to the census[1] of 2000, there were 835 people, 345 households, and 212 families residing in the town. The population density was 497.9 people per square mile (191.9/km²). There were 483 housing units at an average density of 288.0 per square mile (111.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.65% White, 0.24% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 2.87% from other races, and 2.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.23% of the population.

There were 345 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,118, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $22,750 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,636. About 19.4% of families and 24.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over.


The first settlers arrived in the area that is now Rising Star on January 10, 1875. The original seven families were the families of William "Allie" Wylie Smith, G. A., Andrew "Big Andy" Smith, Andrew "Little Andy" Agnew, William "Billy" Agnew, Fletcher Fields, and D. M. (Dave) McKinley. The seven families were all related to each other through the Agnew line.

It was found that large amounts of land were available for purchase in the area, because the state of Texas kept all unappropriated and vacant land after joining the Union thirty years prior. This land belonged to the state, which sold it to finance the construction of the public school system and state universities. The state gave a portion of its land to railroad companies to sell. This encouraged and helped railroad lines to be developed throughout Texas. Because of this, almost all of the land in Eastland County was either 'school land' or 'railroad land.' Settlers could buy railroad land for $3.00 per acre and school land for as low as $1.00 per acre with no down payment and about 20–40 years to pay off the land. Most of these east Texas families purchased land from the railroad companies.

Other families soon began to move into the area and purchase land. Some of the families that settled later were the Anderson, Irby, Roach, Cox, Hull, Leach, Haynes, Wynn, Mayfield, and Swindle families.

No mail routes existed initially in this newly settled frontier, but by about 1880 the community became a stop on a mail route between Cisco and Brownwood. Prior to the establishment of this mail route, the families received mail from Sipe Springs. In 1881 the town sent a petition to the U.S. Government asking for a new post office in the area. The community leaders were required to suggest a name for the post office and decided upon the name 'Star,' which was then sent for approval to the Postal Service. The Postal Service sent word back that a post office under the name 'Star' was already located in Texas (in Mills County). The citizens called a meeting to select another name and, after many long hours of deliberation, Little Andy Agnew proposed that, "Since we are a rising young community, why don't we just call ourselves 'Rising Star.'" The name was agreed to and accepted by the Postal Service.[8] From 1910 through 1911 a spur of the Texas Central line (Katy Railroad) was constructed to the west 40 miles from De Leon to Cross Plains through Rising Star. The Katy abandoned the spur in the 1940s.


The town is served by the Rising Star Independent School District and is home to the Rising Star High School Wildcats.

Notable people[edit]

Wanda Ann McKay was a wonderful person who also lived here. She is already gone but she will remain on in our memories.


  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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Rising Star town, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Rising Star, Texas
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Rising Star Texas; A Brief History of the Early Community by A. P. Smith, 1984.
  9. ^ Texas Almanac 2014-2015, p. 574.

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