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BON WIER, TEXAS

Newton County, East Texas
FM 1416, FM 363 and U.S. Highway 190
About 56 Miles N of Beaumont
About 10 miles SE of Newton
About 17 Miles NE of Kirbyville
Population: 475 (1990)

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BonWier Tx - TEXAS Welcome Sign
TEXAS Welcome Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

Established as a railroad stop in 1905 on the Jasper and Eastern Railway, the name is an amalgam of the names B. F. Bonner and R. W. Wier, employees of the Kirby Lumber Company.

The Kirby Lumber company was eager to exploit the vast timber in the area and a post office was granted in 1906, giving a sense of permanence to the community even if (when) the timber played out.

From 1918 through 1924 logging operations were intense and after a three year hiatus they resumed in 1927 until 1929. The final phase lasted from 1932 to 1935.

The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway (later the AT&SF) bought out the tiny Jasper and Eastern Railway in the late 1940s. Enough timber was left to keep smaller local mills in production through the 1990s.

The town peaked in the late 40s with a population estimated to be 500. The decline in population since then has been slight reaching 475 for the 1990 census.

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Bon Wier Tx - Road Sign

Bon Wier Road Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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Bon Wier Tx Baptist Church

Bon Wier Baptist Church
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Bon Wier Tx - Closed Store
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Bon Wier Tx - Closed Store
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TX - Bon Wier historical marker

Bon Wier historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010

Jasper Newton Counties TX 1907 Postal Map
Jasper / Newton County 1907 postal map Bon Weir
(SE of
Newton)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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