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Stephenville, Texas

If you want the comfort and casualness of a small town and an intimate campus life - Tarleton has it!  We're in the heart of Stephenville, a town of about 17,000 that is the hub of an area circled by Fort Worth, Dallas, Waco, and Abilene.  You'll live and learn in a warm, friendly, caring community ranked as one of the 100 best small towns in America. Stephenville was part of a tract of land located on the upper Bosque River Valley in Central Texas in 1854 and became the county seat of Erath County in 1856.   The first land patent was secured by John M. Stephen on February 24, 1853.


Stephenville CampusThe first permanent school in Stephenville was erected by John Tarleton.  There are now seven public school districts in Erath County.  Stephenville Independent School District has a total enrollment of over 3,350 students. The one college in the area, Tarleton, has an enrollment of over 9,600 students.


Stephenville offers a variety of recreational areas including two public parks, two public swimming pools, two golf courses, 14 tennis courts, a movie theater, six football stadiums, two rodeo arenas, a bowling alley, a youth center, and a historical museum.  There are also two major lakes within a 40-mile radius and many excellent areas for hunting and fishing.   Stephenville offers many annual events including livestock shows, arts & crafts festivals, rodeos, basketball tournaments and the Tarleton homecoming.

Major Employers

Major manufacturers and employers in Stephenville include AMPI, Saint-Gobain, FMC, Harris Methodist Hospital, HEB Grocers, Medical & Surgical Clinic, Norton Company, Pecan Valley Medical, Rayloc Industries, Stephenville ISD, Tarleton State University, and Wal-Mart.

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Oftentimes referred to as the "Cowboy Capital of the World", Stephenville, Texas has been included in Norman Crampton's "The 100 Best Small Towns in America," published by Prentice Hall.

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Where is Stephenville, Texas?

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Located about:

  • 65 miles southwest of Fort Worth
  • 90 miles northwest of Waco
  • 100 miles east of Abilene
  • 100 miles southwest of Dallas 
  • 150 miles north of Austin
  • 200 miles north of San Antonio

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Nearby Towns

  • Dublin (Erath County)
  • Glen Rose (Somervell County)
  • Granbury (Hood County)
  • Hico (Hamilton County)