Places to Visit: New Boston, Texas

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Places to Visit: Bowie County Courthouse

New Boston is a city in Bowie County, Texas. It was named after an early store keeper, W.J. Boston and is one of the places to visit in East Texas. The Red River Expedition (1806) was stopped by the Spanish in the vicinity of the town.

When the Missouri Pacific Railroad was being constructed 4 miles  north of the village of Boston (now Old Boston) in the summer of 1876, it was clear to many businessmen in the town that it would suffer a serious decline as a consequence of its distance from the line. At a mass meeting J. H. Smelser, a local resident and surveyor for the railroad, was selected to meet with railroad officials to secure the location of a depot at a point on the line nearest to Boston. The negotiations were successful, and in September 1876 lots were laid out and put up for sale on 100 acres that the railroad had purchased. Because most of those engaged in the project were from Boston, the new town was named New Boston. A post office was established in 1877 with L. C. DeMorse as postmaster. The town grew rapidly and by 1884 it had 400 residents, two churches, a school, several mills and gins, and a newspaper, the New Boston Herald, edited by W. W. West. A furniture factory and another newspaper, the Bowie County Populist, were added in the 1890s.

By 1900 the town had a population of 762. It grew slowly until the late 1920s, when a short-lived boom raised the population from 869 in 1925 to 1,300 in 1929. The population fell to 949 by 1931. During World War II the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant and the Red River Army Depot were constructed just southeast of New Boston. The two massive military installations were probably responsible for the town’s rapid growth in the 1940s. The population grew from 1,111 in 1940, then to 2,688 in 1950. In 1980 it reached 4,628. Although an International Paper mill, the Barry Telford state prison and a few smaller factories provided some industrial base for the town, New Boston depends heavily on the two military installations for its continued prosperity.

New Boston is known for its Pioneer Days Festival and Rodeo. The town-folk gather at the T&P Trailhead Park for entertainment such as carnival rides, street dances, live musical and comedy presentations.

Places to Visit in  New Boston:

Bowie County Courthouse…Bowie County has had county courthouses; 1841 in Old Boston, 1887in Texarkana, 1891 in Boston and 1985 in New Boston (pictured above).  Note: the courthouse is in New Boston although  Boston has remained the county seat.

Where to Eat in Boston:

Amigo Juan New Boston…Located at 1026 N Center

Pitt Grill Restaurant…Located at 912 N. McCoy

Shirley Bar-B-Q…Located at 601 NE Front St.

When visiting Boston nearby places to visit include Texarkana.

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