Carl's Corner, Texas

Carl's Corner is a town in Hill County, Texas, United States. The population was 173 at the 2010 census.[5] The town was founded by, and named after, Carl Cornelius, a local truck stop owner and long-time friend of Willie Nelson. Cornelius founded the town for the purpose of legalizing alcohol sales in the otherwise mostly-dry county.

Carl's Corner, Texas
The Petro Stopping Center in Carl's Corner.
Location of Carl's Corner, Texas
Coordinates: 32°5′7″N 97°2′43″W
CountryUnited States
  Total2.68 sq mi (6.94 km2)
  Land2.67 sq mi (6.91 km2)
  Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
728 ft (222 m)
  Density71.19/sq mi (27.49/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code48-12895[3]
GNIS feature ID1377747[4]

Cornelius' property adjacent to the truck stop was the site of several Willie Nelson Fourth of July concerts in the early 1980s. Cornelius' truck stop was also the first to offer BioWillie, the biodiesel fuel marketed by Willie Nelson. The former Willie's Place truck stop was located at Carl's Corner.


Carl's Corner is located in northeastern Hill County at 32°5′7″N 97°2′43″W (32.085403, -97.045158),[6] in the northern part of Central Texas. Interstate 35E runs through the town, with access from Exit 374. Hillsboro, the county seat, is 7 miles (11 km) to the southwest, and Dallas is 55 miles (89 km) to the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.34%, are water.[5]


Historical population
2019 (est.)190[2]9.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 134 people, 50 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 70.4 people per square mile (27.2/km2). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 30.5 per square mile (11.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.28% White, 6.72% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.19% of the population.

There were 50 households, out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.1% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,250, and the median income for a family was $44,375. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,073. There were 5.3% of families and 5.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 9.4% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


Carl's Corner is served by the Itasca and Hillsboro Independent School Districts.


  1. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Carl's Corner town, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  6. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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