Evant, TX

By: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: January 1, 1995

Evant is on U.S. Highway 84 some twenty-five miles west of Gatesville in western Coryell County. It was first called Langford Cove, for Asa Langford, who in the 1850s built a sawmill and general store half a mile south of the present site. A post office called Cove was opened in 1876 with Langford as postmaster. In the late 1870s Evant Brooks moved to the area from Alabama and bought 160 acres of land. He donated sixty acres for a townsite in 1881, and in 1884 the name of the community was changed to Evant in his honor. By the 1890s Evant had three general stores, a hotel, a gristmill, a cotton gin, and 120 residents. The town grew over the next four decades, and its population stabilized at 500 during the 1930s and 1940s. It reported its peak population of 550 in the 1950s. When Evant was incorporated in 1976 it had a population of 540. In 1988 it reported nine businesses and 422 residents. In the early 1990s its population was reported as 438, served by twenty businesses. By that time the community had spread into Hamilton County. In 2000 the population was 393 with thirty-one businesses.

Coryell County Genealogical Society, Coryell County, Texas, Families, 1854–1985 (Dallas: Taylor, 1986). John J. Germann and Myron Janzen, Texas Post Offices by County (1986).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, “Evant, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 27, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/evant-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995

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


Langford Cove

  • Latitude: 31.47645570°
  • Longitude: -98.15021900°
Population Counts
People Year
444 1990
393 2000
426 2010
399 2019