Ackerly, TX


By: William R. Hunt

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994


Ackerly is on U.S. Highway 87 and at the junction of Farm roads 2002 and 2212, partly in the southeastern corner of Dawson County and partly in Martin County. It was established in 1923 with the breakup of the Slaughter Ranch into farming tracts. The town was named for its founder, Paul Ackerly, who was from Georgia. W. A. Wilson served as the first postmaster when the post office opened in 1924. A school district composed of portions of Dawson, Borden, Martin, and Howard counties was organized the following year, and a school was built and later expanded. Ackerly was the center for the local agricultural area and was incorporated in the early 1960s. In 1948 it had a population of 500, four gins, and thirty businesses. By 1980 the population had declined to 317. In 1990 the population was 243, and in 2000 it was 245 with thirty businesses.

Matthew Clay Lindsey, The Trail of Years in Dawson County (Fort Worth: Wallace, 1958?).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

William R. Hunt, “Ackerly, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/ackerly-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
November 1, 1994

Place
Ackerly
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
2409659
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Dawson County
  • Martin County
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.52499250°
  • Longitude: -101.71584000°
Population Counts
People Year
243 1990
245 2000
220 2010
228 2019