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BOLIVAR, TEXAS

Denton County, North Central Texas
Where FM 2450 intersects with FM 455
14 Miles NW of Denton
NW of Dallas
Population: 00040 (2000)

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Bolivar TX - Divine Nature Church
Divine Nature Church
Photo courtesy Mike Price, August 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called New Prospect in 1859 when Hiram Daily, physician and Methodist minister platted the town and opened a store here.

A few years later a resident from Bolivar, Tennessee decided that the town should be renamed after his former town. According to myth, drinks were bought for those voting for the name of Bolivar and the plan went as expected.

Cattleman John Chisum had a ranch near Bolivar but later moved his operations to West Texas. Perhaps it was to avoid confusion with the Chisholm Trail which was only three miles west of town.

Bolivar was bypassed by the railroad in 1866 and most residents and merchants were drawn to Sanger, Texas.

Bolivar soldiered on with its reduced population and enjoyed a brief economic jolt with the discovery of oil in and around the town during the 1940s and 50s. After WWII the population was recorded as just over 100 declining to a mere 40 by 1980. The same figure was given for the 2000 census.

Bolivar Cemetery Historical Marker
Entering Bolivar TX
Entering Bolivar
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Bolivar TX -  Bolivar  Grocery
Bolivar Grocery
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Bolivar TX - 1908 Bolivar Cemetery
1908 Bolivar Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, August 2009
Bolivar TX - 1908 Bolivar Cemetery marker
Bolivar Cemetery marker
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