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CLIFTON, TEXAS

The "Norwegian Capital of Texas"

Bosque County, Central Texas North
Hwy 6 and FM 1991, 219, and 708
20 miles NW of Crawford
35 miles NW of Waco
28 miles SW of Hamilton
12 miles S of Meridian
78 miles S of Fort Worth via I-35 and Hwy 22

Population : 3,195

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Clifton TX - Downtown Scene
Downtown Clifton
Photo courtsy William Beauchamp, July 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell
A timeline of significant events in Clifton's history:

1852-53: Clifton is founded and is originally named Cliff Town after local limestone bluffs.
1859: The post office is granted.
1866: A flour mill is built that is replaced in 1868
1870: A three-story school known as Rock School is built.
1880: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway comes one mile south of town.
1890- 1892: Clifton serves as the Bosque County Seat.
1893: New school is built.
1895: The Clifton Record, the town's first newspaper is published.
1896: Clifton Lutheran College, later known as Clifton College, opens.
1901: Clifton is incorporated
1904: The population reaches 204
1906: A large fire destroys much of Clifton's business district.
1907: The Clifton Volunteer Fire Department is organized.

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Photographer's Note:
A fun little town to explore. Good bridge to photograph. The Cliftex Theatre looks to have been restored since the pic you have was taken. Found one side street in town that still had rings to tie your horse up to. As you can tell we had lot's of fun walking these towns on our 4 day trip. - William Beauchamp
Clifton TX  - 1884 Clfton Whipple Truss Bridge
The 1884 Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Clifton TX - Clifton College Building
Clifton College Building
Photo courtsy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Clifton TX - 1895 Anderson  Building
The 1895 Anderson Building
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Clifton TX - Stepped On Since 1906
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
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Clifton TX - Side Walk Horse Tie RIngs
Horse rings on the sidewalk
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Clifton TX - Cliftex Theatre today
Cliftex Theatre today. More Texas Theatres
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Cliftex Theater Clifton Texas old photlo
Cliftex Theater in 1993. More Texas Then & Now
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Clifton TX - Old Feed Mill
The old feed mill
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Clifton TX - Grain Elevator
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Clifton TX - Trains Still Come Through
Trains still come through
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Clifton, Texas Attractions /Destinations
  • Bosque Memorial Museum: 301 South Avenue Q
  • Bosque County Conservatory of Fine Arts: The former main building of Clifton College
  • Whipple Truss Bridge
    A Texas Historical Landmark, built in 1884 by Wrought Iron Bridge Company.

  • Norse
    For those interested in Norwegian immigrants and their life in Texas, nearby Norse (FM 219 and North on FM 182) has the most history. The graveyard of Our Savior's Lutheran Church has the grave of Cleng Peerson, the "Father of Norwegian immigration".
  • Lake Whitney State Park
    Along the eastern shore of Lake Whitney.
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  • Clifton Tourtist Information
    Clifton Chamber of Commerce: 115 N Avenue D
    254-675-3720
    Website: www.clifton.centraltx.com
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