Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 2,087
2000 Census - 1,833
Whitney, Texas
Whitney Texas History:
Whitney was established as a railroad town in 1876 when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad built a line through Hill County to Cleburne. The railroad purchased land for the townsite from I.E. Griffith, C.C. Hicks, and Lewis Raborn. Town lots were sold from the back of a wagon located on the site of the future depot. The town was named for Charles A. Whitney, a principal stock holder in the H&TC. Tents served as stores until wood buildings could be completed. Residents and businesses from nearby communities moved their buildings to Whitney to be closer to the railroad. Postmasters from the nearby communities of Towash and Hamilton Springs moved their post offices to Whitney. By 1880, Whitney was incorporated and had its own post office. The town was unincorporated and reincorporated several times before becoming permanently incorporated in 1912. After an 1885 fire destroyed a third of the community’s frame buildings, the citizens began rebuilding with brick. The population dropped from 1,200 in 1883, to 400 by 1890. In 1891, with the population still in decline, the residents decided to promote their town with a picnic. They grilled 3,500 pounds of meat. Excursion trains brought people from as far away as Brenham. Guests were entertained with political speakers, tournaments, races, and dancing. Approximately 6,000 people attended, and by 1895 the population was again over 1,000. In 1915, the fall in cotton prices caused a decline in the population. Lake Whitney was impounded in 1951, adding tourism to the town’s economic base. In the1970s, native son Tommy Duncan, a founding member of the Texas Playboys, used to play at the Forum in Whitney. Whitney is located at the intersection of FM 933 (S. Colorado Street & N. Brazos Avenue) and SH 22 (Bosque Street & Jefferson Avenue), 30 miles south of Cleburne, 45 miles southwest of Waxahachie, 12 miles southwest of Hillsboro, 23 miles northwest of West, 36 miles northwest of Waco, 26 miles northeast of Meridian, 23 miles northeast of Clifton, 8.5 miles northeast of Laguna Park, 49.7 miles southeast of Glen Rose, 26.7 miles southeast of Kopperl, and 17 miles southeast of Lakeside Village, Texas 
Historic Fort Graham at Old Fort Park:
The original fort was established by Brevet Major R. A. Arnold in 1849 on the site of a Waco Indian village near the eastern bank of the Brazos at Little Bear Creek. In 1936, Hill County purchased the 50 acre site; the barracks were reconstructed using some of the original stone. This site was flooded when Lake Whitney was impounded in 1951 and the barracks were rebuilt in what is now Old Fort Park. A bronze plaque on a small granite monument gives the history of the fort. From Whitney go 5.3 miles north on FM 933. Turn west onto FM 2604 and follow to the end of the road. Go right on Tobacco Road and follow it to Old Fort Park; the barracks and marker are located on Cedar Hill Road.   Texas Forts History    
Historic Carver Homestead:
In 1845, Eliphas Spencer built a log cabin that is now the dining room of the Carver Homestead. Today the house maintains its 1912 exterior appearance. Today, the house is a private residence and is closed to the public. 1127 East Jefferson Street (SH 22). 
Whitney Area Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of the area, including the building of the Whitney Dam, the Whitney Jail House door, dolls, the Old Mill at Towash, Fort Graham, antique sewing machines, the Whitney Messenger Linotype, military memorabilia, Katy Bridge, and a copy of the Life magazine detailing the famous Whitney "Battle of the Benches". The museum is located in the old post office building. The mural on the outside of the building was painted by local artist Ray Istre. The museum is usually open Spring through Fall on Saturdays, 9:15am-2pm. Call (254) 694-6595 for information. 303 N Brazos Street.
Lake Whitney Arts Association:
They offer several plays each year. Each show runs two weekends with the first show of the season being a dinner theatre production. The group also hosts drawing, painting and dancing classes, hosts a photo contest, and hosts a summer craft and drama camp for kids. The Stage One Children's Theatre group performs an annual summer and Christmas Show. The theater is available for event rentals when not in use. (254) 694-5105. The theater is located in the Lake Whitney Arts building at 500 S. Bosque Street, Whitney. (SH 22).  Email 
Lake Whitney Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed Sundays. (254) 694-4639. 106 N. Colorado Street.
Sydell Riverplace Pottery, Laguna Park:
They create and sell stoneware and porcelain angels, majolica crosses, bowls and plates and other items. (254) 622-8364. 356 SH 22. From IH-35 take FM 2114 west 12 miles. The driveway is located on the right, just past the Brazos River Bridge. Email  
Annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count, 2nd Saturday in Jan:
The lake features resident nesting pairs (live on the lake year round), and migratory birds from early fall until spring; January is the best time to view the birds. In the past the birds have been spotted near the Cedron Creek/Katy Bridge area, in Lake Whitney State Park, and in the White Bluff area. Volunteers gather in January for the bald eagle count; as many as 7 bald eagles have been spotted on a single day during prior counts. (254) 694-2540.
Annual Bosque County Wide Garage Sale, April:
This event features over 100 individual garage sales. A list of local sales is available from Bosque County convenience stores or by email or online. Some sales are open on Friday, and others just on Saturday. This event is hosted by the Bosque County Texas AgriLife Extension Service. (254) 435-2331.
Annual Monarch Butterfly Nature Festival in Whitney, Last Saturday in April:
The nature area is located at Cherokee Village Resort on Lake Whitney. The nature area consists of grounds landscaped in native vegetation that attracts and sustains native wildlife. Food and water stations are available for wildlife. The butterfly festival is held the last Saturday in April from 10am-4pm. Activities include BBQ, artists booths, nature displays, a kid’s scavenger hunt, free wildflowers, a youth art contest, door prize drawings and live entertainment. Open 10am-4pm. (254-694-2564. 220 Deep Canyon Drive, Whitney.  Email
Annual Youth Fishing Tournament, 1st Saturday in June:
This free tournament at Whitney State Park is for kids up to age 13; a $3 park entrance fee applies. Fishing tackle and poles will be provided. (254) 694-3793. 433 FM 1244, Whitney, TX 76692
Annual Pioneer Days, Last Weekend in Sept or 1st in October:
This popular event attracts almost 10,000 visitors each year. Activities include carnival games, over 200 arts, crafts, and food booths, a baby photo contest, a parade, live music, health and fitness exhibits, a rodeo, Horse Apple Bingo and a street dance. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce and is held in downtown Whitney. (254) 694-2540.  Email
Annual Whitney Area Museum Tour of Homes, Dec:
Self-guided tours of five decorated homes are from 10am-4pm. A $5 ticket is required. This event is sponsored by the Whitney Area Museum. (254) 694-6595. Tickets are available at the museum at 200 North Brazos Street.
Annual Christmas Bazaar, Dec:
Sidewalk vendors will be selling food, arts and crafts, plants and flowers, gift items and other merchandise. Merchants will have holiday specials. The Christmas tree will be lighted at 5pm. The Whitney High School Choir sings at 5:15, and the parade begins at 6pm. This event is held in downtown Whitney from 10am-5pm. (254) 694-2540. Email   
The Sweet Shop:
They serve Blue Bell ice cream, hot fudge Sundays, banana splits, milkshakes, snow cones, brownies, and more. 5064 FM 933. 
Double D Diner:
They serve great breakfasts. (254) 694-3162. 1535 SH 22.  Reviews
Bella Veta Pizza and Pasta: 
(254) 694-3733. 801 East Jefferson Avenue.  Reviews 
Texas Great Country Cafe and Pie Pantry:
They serve country cooking including breakfast, chicken fried steak and great pies. (254) 694-3608. 903 South Bosque Street.   Reviews  
Montes Mexican Restaurant:
(254) 694-3279. 1227 North Brazos Street.  Reviews  
Tres Hermanos Mexican Restaurant: 
(254) 694-8434. 800 South Colorado Street.  Reviews
Hooten Holler’n BBQ:
They serve barbecue. On weekends they serve all you can eat catfish and fries. (254) 694-4030. 900 South Bosque Street.  Reviews
Cattle Guard Steak House:
(254) 694-7455. They opened in 2016 and are located in the former Nate’s Colorado Street Grill building at 115 North Colorado Street.  Reviews