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Bedford City


Bedford City Hall is located at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021; phone: 817-952-2100.

Beginnings [1]

The first settlers began arriving in Bedford around 1840. It was just a gathering of farms at that time with a log cabin school which accommodated a dozen or so students. Sometime around 1870 Weldon Bobo, a settler from Bedford County, Tennessee, built a general store and gristmill to serve the area farmers. The community grew, and the first post office was established in 1877 in Bobo's home. Rapid growth in the area saw the population grow to over a thousand persons by the 1890's, surpassing many of the other towns in Tarrant County. Just after the turn of the century, the construction of the Dallas-Fort Worth Interurban rail line, US Highway 80, and Rock Island Rail road divided traffic to the south of the community and, as a result, prosperity slowed in the community. By 1910 the population had dwindled to approximately fifty people, having Bobo's store as the only commercial enterprise remaining.

In 1970 the City of Bedford was a rural town nestled closely among other small towns between the rapidly growing cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. The City was experiencing robust growth, swelling from 2,000 persons in 1960 to 10,000 in just ten years. State Highway 121 was just beginning to leave the drawing board and transform itself from a two lane road into the major freeway that it is today. State Highway 183 was an important transportation connector that tied the new Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport to the major cities of Tarrant and Dallas Counties.

  1. City of Bedford, Texas, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, 2010, www.bedfordtx.gov, accessed March, 2016.
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