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Westminster is a census-designated place (CDP) located in northeastern Collin County, Texas. The population was 390 at the 2000 census. A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Collin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. ...


Westminster is located at the intersection of FM 3133 and FM 2862, northeast of Mckinney, east of Anna, west of Leonard, north of Blue Ridge, and southeast of Van Alstyne. McKinney is a city in Collin County, Texas (USA), the county seat and currently second in population to Plano. ... Anna is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. ... Leonard is a city located in Fannin County, Texas. ... Blue Ridge is a city located in Collin County, Texas. ... Van Alstyne is a city located in Texas. ...

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History

The city was first settled in 1860, and named Seven Points. It grew quickly, and by 1885 had absorbed the neighbouring communities of Prospect and Graybill. In 1888, a private school was established; the building was later sold to the Methodist Church, establishing Westminster College. The college, a preparatory school for prospective ministers, was named after Westminster, Maryland, a Methodist stronghold in an otherwise predominantly Catholic state. 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the current denomination africa. ... What became Westminster College began in 1888 in Seven Points, Texas, northeast of McKinney, Texas, where classes were first held in a building that once housed Seven Points College. ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... Location in Maryland. ...


Within a year, the residents of Seven Points decided to change the name of their community to Westminster. The town received a post office branch in 1899, and Westminster was incorporated after a vote of 38 to 19 against, on June 17, 1916. Around the same time, the Greenville and Whitewright Northern Traction Company built a railway line from Anna to Blue Ridge that passed through Westminster. Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Anna is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. ... Blue Ridge is a city located in Collin County, Texas. ...


Economic and population growth followed afterward, and from the turn of the 20th century into the 1920s, Westminster served as a cotton market and trade center for local farmers. The population grew to a high of 600, with several businesses and a high school In 1920, however, the railroad line was abandoned, and other railroads bypassed the town. Cotton ready for harvest. ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


During the Great Depression, the population of Westminster was reduced by over half (to 268), and the town never had the renewed growth of its larger neighbors (such as Van Alstyne, Anna or Melissa); most of the town's businesses had closed by World War II. The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ... Van Alstyne is a city located in Texas. ... Anna is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. ... Melissa is a city located in Collin County, Texas. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


The population continued to decline until the early 1970s, when it slowly began to recover. By 1990, Westminster's population was 388.


During the night of May 9, 2006, at around 10:30 P.M., an F3 tornado swept through the small community of Westminster, leveling many homes, damaging several others, and killing 3. Several others were injured and taken to local hospitals, while the American Red Cross set up shelter at Anna High School in nearby Anna, TX. Sirens sounded in Anna, but due to the small population, sirens are not installed in Westminster, giving no warning to its residents. The storm struck very fast, giving no one time to prepare for the terror it unleashed. Anna is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. ...


Recent decline and disincorporation

Westminster began a noticeable decline after 1988, when the Texas Board of Education, citing various deficiencies, removed the accreditation from the Westminster school district. In 1989, voters abolished the district and closed its school. Most of the students in Westminster now attend school in Anna. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Since that time, the city has dealt with various problems, including unresolved conflicts and lack of adequate city leadership, as well as financial difficulties and a general sense of apathy.


With marginal sales tax revenues, and a weak property tax base, Westminster was unable to recover from various mismanagement; embezzlement of state grant money and poor record-keeping led to a massive debt that, since 1997, had left the city seeking bankruptcy. This debt, of unpaid traffic fine revenues and a misappropriated (and unused) sewer grant, totalled over $300,000 USD. Property tax, millage tax is an ad valorem tax that an owner of real estate or other property pays on the value of the property being taxed. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of a individuals or organizations to pay their... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


Twice, the city of Westminster sought to declare for bankruptcy; the first effort, in 2001, failed after creditors rejected a payout plan. In early 2004, the state agencies agreed to relinquish their claims, provided that Westminster disincorporate. 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Since then, the issue had been a debated topic in Westminster. That summer, the city council started a petition drive to gather enough signatures to place the matter of disincorporation on the ballot for the May 2005 elections. The council then proceeded to fire the city administrator, who opposed disincorporation. Those in favor of the matter, including then-mayor Phil Goplin, stated that disincorporation would keep the city from stagnating; without any cashflow or a sewer system, it is unable to attract the development of its neighboring municipalities.


The residents of Westminster voted to abolish their town charter on May 7, 2005. The disincorporation of the city of Westminster, was only the eleventh such occurrence in Texas since 1975. With the loss of its charter, the city retains its name as a community, but is officially unincorporated Collin County. Therefore, maintenance and other services of the former city are now the responsibility of the state. Through an agreement with the city's creditors, the debts are considered void. May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (128th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... In United States law, a region of land is unincorporated if it is not a part of any municipality. ...


Had Westminster remained incorporated after the election, the city's sales tax receipts would have been withheld until half the debt was repaid. A former city mayor was running for election, in case the vote failed. Opponents of the decision worry now of the loss of Westminster's history, as well as possible annexation from neighboring Anna. Anna is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. ...


Geography

Westminster is located at 33°21′19″N, 96°26′50″W (33.355228, -96.447358)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.7 km² (1.8 mi²). 4.7 km² (1.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.55% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 390 people, 140 households, and 112 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 82.7/km² (214.7/mi²). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 34.2/km² (88.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.18% White, 0.26% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 2.05% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 140 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.13. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.


The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,083, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $24,063 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,248. About 5.9% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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Westminster, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1052 words)
Westminster is located at the intersection of FM 3133 and FM 2862, northeast of Mckinney, east of Anna, west of Leonard, north of Blue Ridge, and southeast of Van Alstyne.
During the Great Depression, the population of Westminster was reduced by over half (to 268), and the town never had the renewed growth of its larger neighbors (such as Van Alstyne or Melissa); most of the town's businesses had closed by World War II.
Westminster began a noticeable decline after 1988, when the Texas Board of Education, citing various deficiencies, removed the accredation from the Westminster school district.
Westminster, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1052 words)
Westminster is a city located in northeastern Collin County, Texas.
The college, a preparatory school for prospective ministers, was named after Westminster, Maryland, a Methodist stronghold in an otherwise predominantly Catholic state.
The disincorporation of the city of Westminster, was only the eleventh such occurrence in Texas since 1975.
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