Johnson County is located in North Central Texas with a population of over 150,000. Its county seat is Cleburne, and the county is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Johnson County is named for Middleton Johnson, a Texas Ranger, soldier, and politician. The first settler of Johnson County was Henry Briden who lived in a log cabin on the Nolan River. His log cabin is still in existence today, and can be seen along State Hwy. 174 in Rio Vista, Tx. Johnson County’s first county seat was Wardville, located at the present site of Lake Pat Cleburne. In 1856 Buchanan became the county seat. In 1867, Johnson county was split, and the western half became Hood County. Camp Henderson became the new county seat and the settlement was renamed Cleburne in honor of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne. Today, our county boasts a campus of Hill Collage in Cleburne and Southwest Adventist University in Keene. Several local newspapers, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Cleburne State Park, community theater, a multitude of churches, and many garden clubs and service organizations.
An abundance of small businesses provide every service needed, from legal services to plumbing, heating and air conditioning. We have an active office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and a Master Gardener organization.
There are many more wonderful things happening in Johnson County than can be listed here, so please just come visit us and explore!