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HENSLEY, TEXAS. Hensley, in southeastern Jack County, was named for the J. A. Hensley family, who settled in the area after the Civil War. At one time it was on the Butterfield Overland Mail route from Jacksboro, eight miles to the northwest. In the late 1890s Hensley became a flag station on the Burlington, St. Louis-San Francisco rail line. The area around Hensley remained sparsely settled by cattle ranchers, and when the railroad abandoned its line in Jack County, the community apparently ceased to exist.


Thomas F. Horton, History of Jack County (Jacksboro, Texas: Gazette Print, 193-?). Jack County Scrapbook, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

David Minor


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

David Minor, "HENSLEY, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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