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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 (2000)

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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.

    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 1940s map
    1940s 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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