Cleburne is not Johnson County's original county seat, but the area was. Wardville was the first seat, located near present-day Lake Pat Cleburne. The city of Cleburne was originally known as Camp Henderson and became the county's third seat in 1867, the same year the town was branded. Camp Henderson was an outpost used to deploy Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and most of these soldiers served under the city's eventual namesake, General Pat Cleburne. Cleburne became officially incorporated in 1871, and the city grew drastically after the Santa Fe Railroad came to the area in 1898.
The Cleburne Independent School District (CISD) operates all of the city’s public schools. If you prefer non-secular education for your children, Cleburne Christian Academy is present for all grade levels. Local graduates have easy access to Hill College’s Johnson County Campus. All of Cleburne’s public schools are generally praised for their extracurricular offerings, and if your students enjoy showing their school spirit, plenty of sports programs are on the offering, including football, volleyball, and tennis. Young lovers of the arts have their choice of programs as well and can join band, choir, dance, or competitive pottery.
Cleburne is home to a number of outdoor parks and recreation opportunities, appealing largely to nature lovers and water lovers. Lake Pat Cleburne is favored by locals and visitors alike for its fishing and boating, while Cleburne Golf Links offers an outdoor golf course designed to entertain all ages. Hulen Park is home to the popular Splash Station, a small water park maintained by the city's department of parks and recreation. If you or your family enjoy group sports, stop down to Buddy Stewart Park just off the lake and enjoy the open space with a game of catch or some basketball.