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EAST BERNARD, TEXAS


Wharton County, Texas Gulf Coast

29 31' 52" N, 96 4' 16" W (29.531111, -96.071111)

TX Hwy 60 and U.S. 90A
West side of the San Bernard River
15 Miles N of Wharton the county seat
ZIP code 77435
Area code 979
Population: 2,342 Est. (2019)
2,272 (2010) 1,729 (2000) 1,544 (1990)

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East Bernard TX - main street
Main Street (Alternate Hwy 90) in East Bernard
Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Although the town's name is East Bernard, it's now on the west side of the river. Around 1850 settler Jethro Spivi built his house on the east side and the name stuck. The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway arrived shortly before the Civil War and a bridge and depot were built. The depot, named Bernard Station, was on the east side of the river, but relocated to the other side in 1869, forming the nucleus of the future town. A post office was granted in 1866, although the town was officially known as East Bernard until 1874.

In the mid-1890s the town had a population of 150, with a steam-powered cotton gin, gristmill, and telegraph office. The first school was built in 1888 with a more permanent brick building constructed in 1912. Riverside Hall was a popular attraction for music and dancing in the late 20s. In 1956 nearby communities of Bernard Prairie, Lissie, Muldoon and Nottawa had their school consolidated with East Bernard's ISD.

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East Bernard TX - Holy Cross Catholic Church
"The 1925 Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard. It is the oldest Catholic church in continuous use in Wharton County."
- Terry Jeanson, 2010 photo


East Bernard TX - Holy Cross Catholic Church interior
Holy Cross Catholic Church interior
Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2010
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East Bernard TX old jail
Old holding cell in East Bernard, north of the railroad tracks
Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2010
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East Bernard TX - main street buildings
Downtown scenes
Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2010


East Bernard TX - main street buildings
Downtown scenes
Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2010

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