About This Place
Sterling City is a city in and the county seat of Sterling County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,081 at the 2000 census, but had dropped to 982 by 2009.
On May 25, 1955, twenty-seven United States Air Force personnel, known as the Abbot 27, perished in an airplane crash near Sterling City. The airmen were members of the 40th Bomb Squadron of the 6th Bombardment Wing at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. A monument in their honor was erected in 2007 at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo.
Sterling City is where most people in the county live, since becoming the county seat in 1891. W.S. Sterling, Indian fighter and buffalo hunter, was the namesake of the town.