The modern history of Bosque County begins with the early Spanish explorers who bestowed the name of Bosque meaning "wooded" to the river that bisects the county. The first surveys for land grants in the Bosque Valley occurred in the 1830's before Texas became a Republic. In 1849, a few years after Texas attained statehood, the first permanent settlers arrived to a territory still roamed by Native Americans. By 1854, the number of settlers living in the territory had increased, and Bosque County was created on February 8, 1854 by an act of the Texas Legislature. (more)

The Bosque County Historical Commission is the official organization for carrying out the State preservation program at the local level. Its purpose is to preserve, mark, and encourage appreciation of the historical in Bosque County, Texas. (more)

The Bosque County Collection is a library, archives, and research center for the local history of Bosque County. Established in 1983 by the Bosque County Historical Commission, its mission is to collect and preserve valuable and irreplaceable historic as well as current materials about the county and make them readily available to researchers. (more)

Notice: The Bosque County Collection is currently closed due to resignation of the archive manager. The County is currently searching for a person to fill that position. Use of the archives is available by appointment only, and the day and time is subject to the ability of a member of the Bosque County Historical Commission to be present. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

1950 Bosque County Census is now available! Click here for more information and to view it.

Next BCHC Meeting: May 13, 2022

Upcoming History Program: The Bosque County Historical Commission invites all citizens to a special program to be presented on Saturday May 14th at the Meridian Civic Center beginning at 12 noon. The program is “The Colony at Kent,” presented by Travis Bryant. The Kent Colony was the oldest settlement in the Bosque Territory, established in 1850. A group of Colonists from Kent, England migrated to the northeastern area along the Brazos River near the bend known as Kimball Bend. Due to series of unfortunate circumstances the colony was a disastrous failure. Travis Bryant, a graduate of Kopperl School, grew up near the area commonly known as Indian Lodge where the colonists settled. He became fascinated with the history and began a lifelong study and documentation of the history of the area. Life is a funny old thing sometimes as he married his beautiful wife Hannah who just happens to be a direct descendent of one of the original colonists of Kent. Hannah’s family saved several letters and original documents from the colony.

This program is extremely important to anyone who loves history and especially very early history of our county. Travis will share about the hardships these families experienced. They were not expecting to come to a wilderness; they were led to believe that the area was an established and thriving area along a navigable river. The Kechi Indians had just moved out of the area a few years earlier. This promises to be a fascinating story of very brave but naive people, like most immigrants coming for the promise of better circumstances, but sadly faced with harsh realities.

The Bosque County Historical Commission is proud to offer this program to the public, with the hope that many will take this opportunity to learn of an important chapter in our past. A light luncheon will be served and goodwill donations will gladly be accepted. If you have questions please call Ruth Crawford at 254-744-9141. Thank you.

The Lumpkin Building (early 1900's)
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