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VALLEY MILLS, TEXAS


Bosque County / McLennan County, North Central Texas

31 39' 27" N, 97 28' 21" W (31.6575, -97.4725)

Highway 6
23 Miles SE of Meridian the county seat
11 Miles S of Clifton
24 Miles N of Waco
ZIP code 76689
Area code 254
Population: 1,180 Est. (2019)
1,203 (2010) 1,123 (2000) 1,085 (1990)

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Valley Mills TX - Bosque River Bridge
Bosque River Bridge, Valley Mills
Click on image to enlarge
Old Photo courtesy Dan Whatley Collection
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History in a Pecan Shell

Named for a mill built on the Bosque River in 1867, the town moved one mile south in 1881 to be alongside the tracks of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad.

In 1882 the town was hit by a tornado but quickly rebuilt on the other side of the river - which happened to be in McLennan County. The town's railroad and it's location on the Chisholm Trail made it a trading center for both McLennan and Bosque Counties. The 855 people who lived in Valley Mills mostly stayed put. The effects of the Great Depression only reduced the population by about 50.

Post-war prosperity raised this number to just over 1,000 by the mid-1950s and the town still keeps its retail and shipping status for both counties. By the mid-1980s the population had reached 1,236, and 1,203 in 2010.



Valley Mills, Texas Landmarks


Valley Mills TX - Downtown street scene
Downtown Valley Mills
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009


Valley Mills TX -  Masonic Lodge
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009


Valley Mills TX -  Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge building.
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
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Valley Mills TX - First Methodist Church
First Methodist Church
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009


Valley Mills TX - First Methodist Church historical marker
First Methodist Church historical marker.
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Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009


Valley Mills TX Street Mural
Valley Mills Street Mural.
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Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009


Valley Mill Texas winter snow
Winter scene on FM 854 near Valley Mills
Photo courtesy David J. Wymer, 2005


TX Bosque County Texas 1920s Map
1920s Bosque County map showing Valley Mills by the Bosque River, near McLennan County Line
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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