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BIRDVILLE, TEXAS

Tarrant County first county seat 1849-1856
Absorbed Ghost Town

Tarrant County, Central Texas North
Absorbed into Present-Day Haltom City
Population: Included in that of Haltom City


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History In a Pecan Shell

Birdville evolved from Fort Bird, Tarrant County’s first settlement. Established in 1841 it was named to honor Captain Jon Bird. By 1848 it was independent from the fort.

In 1849 with the establishment of Tarrant County, Birdville was chosen to be the county seat by the Texas State Legislature.

A post office was granted in 1851 but five years later (November 1856) Birdville lost out to Ft. Worth in an election for county seat.

The town was eclipsed by Fort Worth’s growth and the post office closed in 1906 with a population just over 100 residents. After WWII the population had doubled from the 1906 figure and doubled again by the mid 1950s to 400.

It has since been annexed by Haltom City and no longer enjoys “named community” status. The name continues to be used in name of the local school district.

Cover canceled with Birdville, TX 1850s postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

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One of the many great things about America is that it has always been a place where people can reinvent themselves. Franklin Samuel Cowdery adopted the more marketable moniker of Samuel Franklin Cody and used the name to fly his way into history books. He claimed Birdville, Texas as his birthplace because it was a neat fit with his image as a cowboy aviator., but he was actually born in Davenport, Iowa in 1867. He became an aviation pioneer, sure enough, but in the decidedly non-cowboy country of England. ... more


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Dallas
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