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    OLD BOSTON, TEXAS

    Bowie County, East Texas
    State Highway 8
    About 2.5 miles S of Boston
    4 Miles S of New Boston
    W of Texarkana
    E of Clarksville

    Population: 0125 (estimate)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settled in the early 1830s, the town wasn’t named for the Massachusetts city, but for storekeeper W. J. Boston. When Bowie County was organized in 1841, Boston (as it was then called) became the county seat. A post office was granted in 1846.

    The town’s population on the eve of the Civil War was estimated to be between 300 to 400 people. In 1876 the Texas and Pacific Railroad was heading toward Dallas but the surveyors took a northern route, bypassing Boston by about four miles. Businessmen asked the railroad if they would consider building their depot directly north of the existing town and they complied with the request. The new town was given the name of New Boston.

    Despite the new town, the community of Boston remained the county seat, even though it shrank to a population of just 75 people by the early 1880s. Texarkana yearned to be county seat, even though it wasn’t anywhere near the center of the county. Boston’s population fell to a mere 50 people as Texarkana won county seat status.

    But the competition wasn’t over. Angry at having to go all the way to Texarkana for courthouse business, central Bowie County citizens complained and their complaints were heard.

    A new courthouse was built 2.5 miles north of the original town of Boston and the post office was moved there in 1890.

    The designation of Old Boston was used more frequently, until it became official and today the county seat of Boston sits equidistant between the Old and New Bostons.

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    Old Boston Historical Marker
    Bowie County Courthouse

    Old Boston TX Historical Marker

    Old Boston Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010

    Old Boston TX Methodist Church

    Old Boston Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010

    Old Boston TX - Shady Grove Baptist Church

    Shady Grove Baptist Church
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    Old Boston TX Baptist Church

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    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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    Old Boston TX Highway Sign

    Old Boston Highway Sign
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010

    Bowie County Texas 1907 Postal map
    1907 Bowie County postal map showing Boston and New Boston
    (Above "W" in "BOWIE")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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