TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Bosque County TX
Bosque County

Texas Towns
A - Z
Hotels

 

MERIDIAN, TEXAS

Bosque County Seat, Central Texas North

3155'29"N 9739'24"W (31.92, -97.66)
Highways 6, 22, 144, and 174
On the North Bosque River
38 miles W of Hillsboro
47 miles NW of Waco
44 miles SE of Stephenville
67 miles SW of Fort Worth
Population: 1,493 (2010) 1,491 (2000) 1,390 (1990)

Meridian Area Hotels > Stephenville Hotels | Hillsboro Hotels
Bosque County Courthouse Clock Tower, Meridian Texas
The restored Bosque County Courthouse clock tower
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, July 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

The county was surveyed by George Bernard Erath for whom the neighboring county is named. The town shares it's geographically inspired name with Meridian, Mississippi and Merida,Yucatan, Mexico (among others) The ninety-eighth meridian, however, only runs through a tiny portion of Bosque County. The explanation is that the town was named after several geographic places also surveyed by G. Erath - places that were on (or closer to) the 98th Meridian.


A timeline of significant events in Meridian history

1854: Bosque County established - 120 acres donated for a townsite - lots auctioned on July 4th that year.
1856: First county post office. Every antebellum building in the county was built of logs.
1866: The short lived Bosque Beacon becomes the the town's first newspaper.
1874: Town of Meridian incorporates
1881: The Santa Fe Railroad bypasses Meridian by laying tracks 1 miles to the east.
Although there was some development around the depot - the "old" town of Meridian stayed put and still throve.
1884: The Bosque County Bank opens
1886: Meridian takes responsibility for education away from the county - starts own ISD
1909: Meridian College opened
1920: Population: 1,074
1930: Population: 759
The restored Bosque County Courthouse,  Meridian Texas
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, July 2007
Bosque County Courthouse
by Lou Ann Herda
Meridian Texas downtown building
Courthouse towering over downtown buildings.
Statue and weather vane missing.

Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, April 2007
Meridian State Park
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, March 2012
Meridian State Park
by Sam Fenstermacher

Meridian, Texas Area Attractions

  • Meridian State Park
    173 Park Road 7, Meridian, TX 76665
    (254) 435-2536

  • Lake Whitney State Park
    Along the eastern shore of Lake Whitney.
    Box 1175 Whitney TX 76692
    254/694-3793

  • Norse, Texas - 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"

  • Fort Worth Hotels | Hillsboro Hotels | More Hotels
  • Meridan Library old post card
    Meridian Library
    Old Postcard
    Meridian, Texas library today
    Meridian Library today
    TE Photo, 2000

    Meridian, Texas Area Destinations:
    Hillsboro | Waco | Stephenville | Fort Worth
    See Bosque County | North Central Texas

    Book Area Hotel:
    Hillsboro Hotels | Fort Worth Hotels | More Hotels

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
    Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
    South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

    Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
    TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
    Texas Counties
    Texas Towns A-Z
    Texas Ghost Towns

    TEXAS REGIONS:
    Central Texas North
    Central Texas South
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Panhandle
    Texas Hill Country
    East Texas
    South Texas
    West Texas

    Courthouses
    Jails
    Churches
    Schoolhouses
    Bridges
    Theaters
    Depots
    Rooms with a Past
    Monuments
    Statues

    Gas Stations
    Post Offices
    Museums
    Water Towers
    Grain Elevators
    Lodges
    Stores
    Banks

    Vintage Photos
    Historic Trees
    Cemeteries
    Old Neon
    Ghost Signs
    Signs
    Murals
    Gargoyles
    Pitted Dates
    Cornerstones
    Then & Now

    Columns: History/Opinion
    Texas History
    Small Town Sagas
    Black History
    WWII
    Texas Centennial
    Ghosts
    People
    Animals
    Food
    Music
    Art

    Books
    Texas Railroads

    Texas Trips
    Texas Drives
    Texas State Parks
    Texas Rivers
    Texas Lakes
    Texas Forts
    Texas Trails
    Texas Maps
    USA
    MEXICO
    HOTELS

    Site Map
    About Us
    Privacy Statement
    Disclaimer
    Contributors
    Staff
    Contact Us

     
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved