a Pecan Shell
town was known as Zion. A post office was granted in the late
1870s. Zion had a variation of the all-too-familiar story of “railroad
arrives – move town” – but in this particular case the rails were
only a quarter of a mile (south). New development had the same effect
and the older part of town was eventually abandoned.
The change in name came about when Eli Smith donated land for a church
and community cemetery. For his generosity, Eli became the town’s
A fire in 1890 did a considerable amount of damage but by 1990, Smithfield
had a respectable population of 137 and a solid reputation as a shipping
The population of Smithfield remained small until WWII
when Fort Worth built
factories. After the war, the population was around 350. Smithfield
held its own until 1958 when it was annexed by North Richland Hills.
The name Smithfield remains on the cemetery and a historical marker
placed there – as well as several local businesses.
County 1920s map showing Smithfield
(Above "AN" in "TARRANT")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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