Population 1,556

Altitude 250


A railroad division point for the two branches of Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, the city is named for the railroad's first president. Settlers arrived soon after the town was surveyed in 1883. Population and development increased after establishment of railroad tie plant in 1890's. City is a trade center for surrounding agricultural areas, and is the gateway to the huge Somerville Reservoir. Somerville is located on Texas 36, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the states heartland to coastal ports.


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