Hillsboro, the principal trade center and seat of Hill County, was established in 1853. In frontier tradition, the first courthouse was a log cabin. The current structure was built in 1890 to meet the county's growing needs. A fire in 1993 gutted the historic courthouse, but it has since been completely restored.
The area is the center of a rich agricultural region, a gateway to Lake Whitney and the home of Hill College. The community also has many restored Victorian homes. The downtown area offers antique shops, an 1895 bed-and-breakfast and historic square. Hillsboro was one of the first designated Main Street cities in the nation.
The Outlets at Hillsboro on I-35 feature brand-name shopping at discount prices.
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