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Fowlerton is a census-designated place in La Salle County, Texas, United States. The population was less than 62 at the 2000 census. As of 2014, the town consisted of several streets (actually, narrow dirt roads) criss-crossing at 90-degree angles and running several blocks each, but with only a handful of houses scattered among the entire network of roadways, with a number of these collapsed and uninhabitable. In their midst is a Baptist church. Across the highway stands a sturdy, two-story post office building (apparently with upstairs living quarters), also a roadside cafe and a small farming-ranching supply business in more modest one-story quarters, comprising the entire nonresidential district.

Fowlerton, Texas
Location of Fowlerton, Texas
Location of Fowlerton, Texas
LaSalle County Fowlerton.svg
Coordinates: 28°27′53″N 98°48′42″W / 28.46472°N 98.81167°W / 28.46472; -98.81167Coordinates: 28°27′53″N 98°48′42″W / 28.46472°N 98.81167°W / 28.46472; -98.81167
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyLa Salle
Area
 • Total2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Land2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
322 ft (98 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total62
 • Density28.5/sq mi (11.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
78021
Area code(s)830
FIPS code48-27144[1]
GNIS feature ID1336131[2]

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HistoryEdit

Fowlerton is named for two brothers who settled the community about 1910. By 1914, Fowlerton peaked in population at one thousand and had telephone service. Farmers faced droughts and low prices. The Fowler brothers had described themselves as "colonizers" and widely advertised the town. They soon faced lawsuits from disgruntled settlers. By 1925, the population had declined to six hundred, and never recovered. The San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad, now part of Union Pacific, brought only temporary prosperity to Fowlerton.[3]

GeographyEdit

DemographicsEdit

EducationEdit

Fowlerton is served by the Cotulla Independent School District. However, most pupils transfer to McMullen County High School in Tilden, Texas.

ClimateEdit

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

DisambiguationEdit

Fowlerton is part of a larger Census Designated Place (CDP) of the same name, from which it should be distinguished. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land. As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 62 people and 18 families constituting 28 households residing in the CDP. The population density was 28.5 people per square mile (11.0/km²). There were 45 housing units at an average density of 20.7/sq mi (8.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.16% White, 4.84% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.19% of the population.

There were 28 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 1.6% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,107, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $0 versus $40,417 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,497. There were no families and 8.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Hugh Hemphill, "San Antonio Uvalde and Gulf Railroad"". txtransportationmuseum.org. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Fowlerton, Texas