South Sulphur, TX

By: David Minor

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

South Sulphur is on Farm Road 512 eight miles northeast of Greenville in north central Hunt County. Settlement of the community began in the mid-1850s, when farmers, attracted by the rich soils of the Blackland Prairie, moved into the area. The town was named for the South Sulphur River and received a post office in 1857. Community development was interrupted by the Civil War, and the post office closed in 1867. Eight years later, however, it reopened, as the population increased, and South Sulphur became a community center for area farmers. The number of residents remained under 100, however, and the post office was again closed in 1904. South Sulphur had seventy to eighty residents between 1900 and the 1930s, and the Great Depression reduced the population to twenty-five by 1945. Over the next fifty years the community slowly grew, to a population of sixty in the late 1980s through 2000.

W. Walworth Harrison, History of Greenville and Hunt County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1976).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

David Minor, “South Sulphur, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995

South Sulphur
Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Hunt County
  • Latitude: 33.26511230°
  • Longitude: -96.00996950°
Population Counts
People Year
60 2009