Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 46,979
2000 Census - 48,390
Bedford, Texas
Bedford Texas History:
The first settlers arrived in the area in the late 1840s and settled on the north side of the Trinity River. In the 1870s, a settlement began developing around Weldon Bobo’s general store and grist mill. Bobo and other settlers named the community Bedford, after Bedford, Tennessee, the home town of many of the early settlers. The Bedford post office was established in 1877 in Bobo’s home. During the 1880s and 1890s, Bedford grew rapidly to a population of 1,000 or more residents and 28 businesses. The growth ground almost to a halt in 1900 when the Dallas-Fort Worth interurban rail line and U.S. 80 were built south of the Trinity River, drawing traffic from Bedford Road. In 1903, when the Rock Island Railroad also bypassed Bedford, residents and businesses moved to be closer to the railroad leaving Bobo’s store and approximately 50 residents behind. The Bedford post office closed in 1909. In 1915, the town build a two story brick school on the site of the old college which burned in 1893. The restored school building now hosts movies, concerts, plays and other events. Bedford remained a truck farming and dairy town through the 1930s. The population in late 1940 was approximately 80. The construction of nearby military bases and defense plants caused the town’s population to grow to 400 by 1953. Approximately 100 of these residents lived at the Bedford Boys Ranch, a home for wayward boys ages ten to fourteen. The ranch is now a park. The post office reopened in 1950. In 1974 the old Boys Ranch became the town's biggest park. The town’s proximity to Fort Worth and Dallas caused the population to grow the last few decades. Bedford is located on U.S. 121/U.S. 183, 29 miles northwest of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill State Park, 16.5 miles northwest of Grand Prairie and Joe Pool and Mountain Creek Lakes, 15 miles northwest of Arlington and Lake Arlington, 29 miles northeast of Benbrook and Benbrook Lake, 17 miles northeast of Fort Worth, 5.5 miles east of North Richland Hills, 28 miles southeast of Azle and the Marine Creek Reservoir, 3 miles southeast of Colleyville, 20.4 miles southwest of Lewisville and Lake Lewisville, 10 miles southwest of Grapevine and Grapevine Lake, 34 miles southwest of Garland and Ray Hubbard Lake, 5.5 miles west of Euless, and 25 miles slightly northwest of Dallas, Texas.
Northeast Tarrant County Confederate Veterans Memorial:
The memorial consists of eight pieces of Georgia gray granite that lists Federal and Confederate Civil War Veterans who lived or owned property in Northeast Tarrant County. Approximately 19 of these veterans are buried in the Bedford Cemetery. The memorial is open dawn until dusk. The memorial is located at the Bedford Cemetery at 2401 Bedford Road, one block east of Central Drive. Parking is available in the Bedford Church of Christ parking lot.
On Stage in Bedford:
This non-profit theater group offers several performances each year. Season tickets are available. (817) 354-6444. Office at Boys Ranch Trinity Arts Theater: 2819 Forest Ridge Drive. Theatre: 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway. Email 
Old Bedford School Event Center, 1915:
The school was built in 1915 on the former site of Bedford College which burned in 1893. The 1915 school building was used as a school until 1969. The restored school’s auditorium hosts live music performances, Friday Night Movies, Murder Mystery Dinner Shows, Thursday music concerts and summer arts and theater workshops for children age 6-12. Guided tours and other programs are available. The school is available for event rentals. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (817) 952-2290. (817) 952-2291. 2400 School Lane, Bedford, 76021.
Bedford Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, copy, scanning and fax machines, homework help, income tax forms, meeting room space, public access computers with internet connections, computer classes, and free Wi-Fi. As of 2011 funds were being raised for a new library. Open Mon, Wed-Thu, 10am-9pm; Tue, 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm. (817) 952-2350. 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, 76021.
Bedford Senior Center:
Activities include games, dances, exercise and dance classes, Tai Chi, arts and crafts, travel and field trips, special events, and senior programs assistance. A minimal annual membership fee is charged residents and non-residents. (817) 952-2325. 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway.