Brownsboro, TX (Henderson County)

By: L. Michael Davis

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: January 22, 2020

Brownsboro is at the intersection of Farm roads 607 and 314 and State Highway 31, seventeen miles northeast of Athens in northeast Henderson County. It was settled in 1849 by John (Red) Brown, who operated a toll bridge across Kickapoo Creek on the road to Jordan's Saline and Tyler. Several Norwegians immigrated to the area between 1849 and 1857. By 1860 Henry Cade had erected a sawmill and a cotton gin. With the construction of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway through the county in 1880, the town moved to the railroad. In 1885 Brownsboro had six general stores and a population of 100. It had four churches, a hotel, a grocer, a saloon, and a blacksmith in 1892, when a post office was opened. The population was 500 in 1914. State highway maps of 1936 showed two schools, a church, several buildings, and scattered dwellings at the townsite. In 1989 the population was 710. In 1990 it was 545. The population grew to 796 in 2000.

J. J. Faulk, History of Henderson County (Athens, Texas: Athens Review Printing, 1926). Kathleen E. and Clifton R. St. Clair, eds., Little Towns of Texas (Jacksonville, Texas: Jayroe Graphic Arts, 1982).

  • Peoples
  • Norwegians
  • Communities

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

L. Michael Davis, “Brownsboro, TX (Henderson County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 22, 2020

Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Henderson County
Associated Names



  • Latitude: 32.29818080°
  • Longitude: -95.61195100°
Population Counts
People Year
545 1990
796 2000
1,039 2010
1,259 2019