courthouse square where the 1891
courthouse used to stand, has been turned into a park. Notice
the old jail on the right. The raised walls to the right of the garzebo
mark the foundation of the burned courthouse." - Terry
Jeanson, December 2006 photo
in a Pecan Shell
there was Boston, Texas – but this wasn’t it. The original town of
Boston is now called Old Boston
and is about 2.5 miles S of this Boston. The original town was the
county seat until around 1890 when Texarkana
became the seat of government for Bowie
Since it had been decided by the Texas State Legislature that county
seats should be centrally located, a new courthouse was begun here
The postal application had been submitted under the name of Center,
but that was nixed by the postal authorities. Other names were submitted
and rejected – usually for the reason that other post offices were
operating under those names.
The post office was moved from the original town of Boston, making
the new county seat officially Boston and making Boston “Old”
Boston in the same act.
In the mid 1890s Boston had a growing population of 175. That seems
to be a level that comfortable with, since it hasn’t changed all that
much in 115 years.
New Boston, has had more businesses
growth and has eclipsed the smaller town, leaving it to tend to the
county business without distractions.
The towns of Boston and New Boston
now join one another but are as separate as the Texas side of Texarkana
is from the Arkansas side of Texarkana.
To further confuse things, a new
courthouse was built in 1985 – but in New
Boston, even though Boston is the official county seat.
|The 1891 Bowie
On the old courthouse square
FM 1840 and S. Merrill St.
In use until 1984
photo courtesy TXDoT
|The 1891 Bowie
County Courthouse in Boston
Burned in 1989
|1920s Bowie County
map showing Boston and New Boston
(Above "W" in "B-O-W-I-E")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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