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BLOOMING GROVE, TEXAS
AKA Gradyville

Navarro County, Central Texas North

325'32"N 9643'2"W (32.092084, -96.717088)

Highway 22 and FM 55
15 miles W of Corsicana the county seat
Population: 840 Est. (2018)
821 (2010) 833 (2000) 847 (1990)

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First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove Texas
The First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

The Methodist Mission (est. 1869) built a white church in the vicinity - which became known as White Church. Nearby, settlers grouped around a general store and in 1871 citizens voted on a name for their community - settling on Blooming Grove, named after Blooming Grove, Illinois, the hometown of popular resident and Doctor John Davis.

When the St. Louis Southwestern Railway arrived around 1881, the town moved a mile to be on the rail line and Blooming Grove merged with White Church community. From a population of 200 in 1884, it quadrupled to 800 in six short years.

The town was hit hard by the Great Depression and suffered a drastic reduction in population. From its high-water mark of 1,500 in 1933, by the mid 30s it had fallen to just over 800 - about the same number that appeared on the state map in 2004.

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Blooming Grove , Texas Nearby Towns:
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