Thorndale City Contact Information

Police Department:

Thorndale Police Department
Office - 512-898-2822
Milam Co. Sheriff's Office:
Dispatch - 254-697-7033
Toll Free - 877-697-7887



Baylor Scott & White Hospital, Taylor Tx. 512-352-7611

City Hall:

Public Works: 512-898-2523

History of Thorndale

THORNDALE, TEXAS. Thorndale is an incorporated  community on U.S. Highway 79 and Farm Road 486, twelve miles west of  Rockdale in southwestern Milam County. It was established in 1878 about  three miles west of its present site, shortly after the  International-Great Northern Railroad was built through the area. A  railroad employee named the town after the region's abundant thorny  vegetation-mesquite thorn, prickly pear, and sagebrush. A post office, a  store, and a hotel opened at Thorndale in the late 1870s. In 1880 the  store was sold and moved east to the present site of the community on  the railroad, and eventually the other businesses moved as well. By 1884  Thorndale had a church, a school, and 130 residents. The local economy  was largely agricultural, and Thorndale served as a shipping and supply  point for area farmers. In 1903 it had a two-teacher school for  sixty-six students, and in 1913 the Thorndale Independent School  District was formed. In 1929, the year in which Thorndale decided to  incorporate, its population was reported as 1,500, but the onset of the Great Depression reduced the number of residents to about 1,000 by 1931, and it had  fallen to 851 by 1952. During the mid-1950s, however, the population  began to grow again, possibly because of the construction of an aluminum  plant at nearby Sandow. For the next three decades the community grew  steadily, and reported 1,338 residents and sixteen businesses in 1988.  In 1990, however, its population fell to 1,092. According to the U.S. Census Report the population was 1,278  in 2000, and 1,336 in 2010.


Lelia M. Batte, History of Milam County, Texas (San Antonio: Naylor, 1956). Milam County Heritage and Preservation Society, Matchless Milam: History of Milam County (Dallas: Taylor, 1984).