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BOGATA, TEXAS

Red River County, East Texas

Highways 271, 37, and FM 909
About 19 Miles SE of Paris
About 15 Miles SW of Clarksville
Population: 1,152 (2010) 1,396 (2000)

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Bogata TX - First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

William Humphries had first visited this part of Texas in 1818. After hearing of Texas Independence after San Jacinto, he came here later in 1836. The two are credited with being the town founders. William and Mary (McGill) Humphries named the tiny settlement Maple Springs.

By 1844 the community had opened a school and in 1851 the town was granted a post office under the name Maple Springs.The town was supplied by goods shipped from the steamboat connection at Jefferson, Texas.

Growth necessitated a split and by 1880 the Maple Springs post office renamed itself Rosalie, Texas and the following year a second post office (2 miles west) was supposed to be named Bogotá after the Columbian capital. But the postmaster’s application was misread (or misspelled) and the postal authorities declared the town to be Bogata. Residents were resigned to use the “official” spelling although they insisted on pronouncing the name as BUH-GO-TAH.

During the 1880s both Bogata and Maple Springs shared a school – the most famous alumus being former vice president John Nance Garner. By the mid 1880s the population of 400 was served by too many gristmills (6) as well as 4 cotton gins. Bogata wasn’t bypassed when the Paris and Mount Pleasant Railroad arrived in 1910, but the tracks were far enough from the business district to require a new commercial street to be built.

Growth slowed as decades passed. The town survived the Great Depression and the postwar exodus for better paying jobs. The high-water mark occurred in 1980 when 1,508 people called Bogata home. The 1990 census reported 1,421 people which declined to just under 1,400 for 2000.
Bogata TX - Downtown Bogata
Downtown Bogata
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Bogata TX - Downtown Bogata
Downtown Bogata
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Bogata TX - New Beginning Church
New Beginning Church
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Bogata TX
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Bogata TX Tulip Mural
Tulip Mural
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Bogata TX - Bogata Store
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Bogata TX - Feed Store
Feed Store
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Old gas station
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Bogata Cemetery
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Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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Bogata water tower
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Bogata TX - Bogata city limit

Bogata city limit
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Red River County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Red River County Texas Postal Map showing Bogata
(Near Lamar County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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