"Norwegian Capital of Texas"
31°46'49"N 97°34'51"W (31.780275, -97.580825)
Hwy 6 and FM 1991, 219, and 708
12 miles S of Meridian
the county seat
78 miles S of Fort
Worth via I-35 and Hwy 22
28 miles SW of Hamilton
35 miles NW of Waco
ZIP codes 76634, 76644
Area code 254
Population: 3,446 Est. (2019)
3,442 (2010) 3,542 (2000) 3,195 (1990)
Book Hotel Here Clifton
a Pecan Shell
A timeline of significant
events in Clifton's history:
1852-53: Clifton is founded and is originally named Cliff Town
after local limestone bluffs.
1859: The post office is granted.
1866: A flour mill is built that is replaced in 1868
1870: A three-story school known as Rock School is built.
1880: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway comes
one mile south of town.
1890- 1892: Clifton serves as the Bosque
1893: New school is built.
1895: The Clifton Record, the town's first newspaper
1896: Clifton Lutheran College, later known as Clifton
1901: Clifton is incorporated
1904: The population reaches 204
1906: A large fire destroys much of Clifton's business district.
1907: The Clifton Volunteer Fire Department is organized.
Landmarks / Attractions
A fun little town to explore. Good bridge
to photograph. The Cliftex Theatre looks to have been restored since
the pic you have was taken. Found one side street in town that still
had rings to tie your horse up to. As you can tell we had lot's of
fun walking these towns on our 4 day trip. - William
Museum: 301 South Avenue Q
Conservatory of Fine Arts: The former main building of Clifton College
Whipple Truss Bridge
A Texas Historical Landmark, built in 1884 by Wrought Iron Bridge
For those interested in Norwegian immigrants and their life in Texas,
nearby Norse (FM 219 and North on FM 182) has the most history.
The graveyard of Our Savior's Lutheran Church has the grave of Cleng
Peerson, the "Father of Norwegian immigration".
Whitney State Park
Along the eastern shore of Lake Whitney.
Clifton Tourtist Information
Clifton Chamber of Commerce: 115 N Avenue D
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