Just three miles south of Colleyville, Bedford is part of the Texas Mid-Cities area between Dallas and Fort Worth. Settled sometime in the 1870s, the city was named after the Tennessee county from which the first settlers had come. By the 1880s and 1890s, the town had already become quite populated for its time. With somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 residents, it was the second largest town (next to Fort Worth) in all of Tarrant County. The town’s popularity would not last, though. After the completion of U.S. Highway 80 and the DFW rail line at the turn of the century, traffic and trains were soon diverted to other nearby towns and the population quickly dwindled to less than a hundred. Due to the construction of nearby military bases during WWII, Bedford once again began to grow in population and in 1953, it was incorporated.
During the 1970s, the city saw the completion of shopping centers, restaurants, and an industrial park. In addition, the DFW International Airport began operation only ten miles away. By 1980, the city had more than 20,000 residents and that would more than double by the 90s. Today the city has almost 50,000 residents and is once again one of the largest, most popular cities in Tarrant County.
The people of Bedford love the city’s small-town feel, with a large emphasis on arts and community. One of the most notable things about the city is its Cultural District, where residents and visitors can enjoy an art gallery, historic sites, outdoor music performances, and live theater. The District also offers the residents plenty of green space where, at times, festivals and events are held. One such event is the ArtsFest in April. At the festival, attendees will experience such things as artistic activities for children, a marketplace full of local art pieces, delicious eats provided by local food truck vendors, and an entire day full of live musical entertainment. The city also holds a number of seasonal events, like a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Valentine’s Day Dance, Easter Egg Hunt, and Halloween FEST.
The city boasts more than 50 restaurants and eateries that offer any type of food you may desire, from gourmet & fine dining, ethnic cuisine, and burger houses, to bakeries, ice cream parlors, and donut shops. A few places to check out are Garliq Uniquely Italian, Highway 55 Burgers, Danny’s Celtic Pub, and the Murder Mystery Diner on Central Drive.
Students in the city are served by one of the largest known public school districts in all of Tarrant County. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District is unique, in that it offers its students a variety of “Edge” programs that provides students with a chance to develop skills beyond standard primary and secondary school curriculum. Students in the district consistently score higher than both state and regional averages in the STAAR tests every year. In fact just recently, several campuses in the district have been named Blue Ribbon Schools.
Bedford is home to some of the most beautiful HOA communities in Texas. Some of the more popular neighborhoods in the city include Stone Court, Glenbrook, Morrow Green, and Bridgeton on the Creek.
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