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The suburban city of Bedford is situated in Tarrant County, Texas. Bedford saw settlers in the 1840s, but the settlement did not begin in earnest until the 1870s when a Tennessean named Weldon Bobo opened a general store and gristmill. In short order, the New Hope Christian Church and the first post office opened, the latter being located in Bobo’s house. By the end of the 19th century, Bedford had 28 businesses and Bedford College. In 1901, however, the Dallas-Fort Worth Interurban rail line ran outside of town, while U.S. Highway 80 went through Arlington rather than through Bedford, and in 1903, the Rock Island Railroad also bypassed the town. With these two new thoroughfares diverting traffic from Bedford, businesses and residents moved out. In 1909 the post office closed and only about fifty residents remained. World War II and homecoming veterans and steady business building brought the population back up past where it had been.

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