Central Texas North
31°55'29"N 97°39'24"W (31.92, -97.66)
Highways 6, 22, 144, and 174
On the North Bosque River
38 miles W of Hillsboro
47 miles NW of Waco
44 miles SE of Stephenville
67 miles SW of Fort
ZIP code 76665
Area code 254
Population: 1,515 Est. (2019)
1,493 (2010) 1,491 (2000) 1,390 (1990)
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a Pecan Shell
The county was
surveyed by George Bernard Erath for whom the neighboring county is
named. The town shares it's geographically inspired name with Meridian,
Mississippi and Merida,Yucatan, Mexico (among others) The ninety-eighth
meridian, however, only runs through a tiny portion of Bosque
County. The explanation is that the town was named after several
geographic places also surveyed by G. Erath - places that were on
(or closer to) the 98th Meridian.
of significant events in Meridian history
established - 120 acres donated for a townsite - lots auctioned on
July 4th that year.
1856: First county post office. Every antebellum building in
the county was built of logs.
1866: The short lived Bosque Beacon becomes the the
town's first newspaper.
1874: Town of Meridian incorporates
1881: The Santa Fe Railroad bypasses Meridian by laying tracks
1½ miles to the east.
Although there was some development around the depot - the "old" town
of Meridian stayed put and still throve.
1884: The Bosque County Bank opens
1886: Meridian takes responsibility for education away from
the county - starts own ISD
1909: Meridian College opened
1920: Population: 1,074
1930: Population: 759
TE Photo, 2000
173 Park Road 7, Meridian, TX 76665
Whitney State Park
Along the eastern shore of Lake Whitney.
Box 1175 Whitney TX 76692
Texas - 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"
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