in 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
1854: Bosque County 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.
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
1920: Population: 1,074
173 Park Road 7, Meridian, TX 76665,(254) 435-2536
Whitney State Park
Along the eastern shore of Lake Whitney.
Box 1175 Whitney TX 76692, 254/694-3793
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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