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BOSTON, TEXAS

Bowie County Seat, East Texas

State Highway 8, FM 1840
Just S of U.S. Highway 82
Equidistant between the Old Boston and New Boston
22 Miles W of Texarkana
Population: 0200 est. (2010)

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Boston Texas courthouse square
"The old 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

History in a Pecan Shell

First 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 County.

Since it had been decided by the Texas State Legislature that county seats should be centrally located, a new courthouse was begun here in 1890.

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.

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Bowie County Courthouse
New Boston TX Bowie County Old Jail
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2006. More Texas Jails
The 1891 Bowie County Jail
On the old courthouse square
FM 1840 and S. Merrill St.
In use until 1984
Boston Texas, Old Bowie County Courthouse, burned by arson
1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
The 1891 Bowie County Courthouse in Boston
Burned in 1989
Bowie County Texas 1920s map
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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