- “Bedford, bisected by State Highway 121, is northeast of Fort Worth in the northeast quadrant of Tarrant County, north of the West Fork of the Trinity River. The first settlers arrived in the late 1840s in the Bedford area, located strategically between Fort Worth and Grapevine. Milton Moore of North Carolina established the community’s first school in his log cabin in 1861 with a dozen or more students. A settlement developed in the 1870s, after Weldon Bobo moved from Tennessee and established a general store and gristmill to serve area farmers. Bobo and a group of farmers agreed to name their community Bedford, after the county in Tennessee from which many of them had come. Bobo, Moore, and others founded New Hope Christian Church in 1874, and the first official post office opened in Bobo’s home in 1877. In the 1880s and 1890s Bedford was a booming town, with a population of 1,000 or possibly even 2,000 that surpassed that of all other Tarrant County towns except Fort Worth. In addition to the alleged twenty-eight businesses that served the town, the community was also the home of Bedford College, founded in 1882. The college, which was something of a combination high school-junior college, survived until fire gutted the building in 1893.”
- To read more, go to https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/heb03
Bedford Population Growth:
- 49,528 (2016)
Bedford Real Estate Growth:
- According to Trulia, the average listing price for a home in Bedford, TX is $250,248. Per NeighborhoodScout, the average home value in Bedford is $211,064. 77.3% of homes in Bedford were made between 1970-1999, while only 8.2% were built after 2000. The highest appreciating Bedford neighborhoods since 200 include: City Center, Westpark Way / Airport Fwy, & Harwood Rd / Forest Ridge Dr.
Major Attractions in Bedford:
- Bedford Splash: An exciting outdoor water park with fun rides that involve pools and slides. The water park also holds an area for parties and offers snacks, as well.
- Moxley Manor Haunted House: A thrilling top rated haunted house that is a fun experience during the Fall season. The haunted house was even featured in films, such as “The Houses That October Built”.
New Businesses in Bedford:
- City Vet: The new 7,000 sq ft veterinary facility will offer its medicinal aid to local animals, as well as wellness programs such as boarding, grooming, etc. This opening will be the company’s first location in Tarrant County.
- Heartis: A new independent and assisted living site has opened up in Bedford. The 178,000 sq ft facility will also aid in memory care and integrated health care for seniors.
Fun Fact: Bedford does not have its own school district; instead, it combines with Hurst and Euless to form the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.