The modern history of Bosque County begins with the early Spanish explorers who bestowed the name of Bosque meaning "wooded" to the river that bisects the county. The first surveys for land grants in the Bosque Valley occurred in the 1830's before Texas became a Republic. In 1849, a few years after Texas attained statehood, the first permanent settlers arrived to a territory still roamed by Native Americans. By 1854, the number of settlers living in the territory had increased, and Bosque County was created on February 8, 1854 by an act of the Texas Legislature. (more)

The Bosque County Historical Commission is the official organization for carrying out the State preservation program at the local level. Its purpose is to preserve, mark, and encourage appreciation of the historical in Bosque County, Texas. (more)

The Bosque County Collection is a library, archives, and research center for the local history of Bosque County. Established in 1983 by the Bosque County Historical Commission, its mission is to collect and preserve valuable and irreplaceable historic as well as current materials about the county and make them readily available to researchers. (more)

The Lumpkin Building (early 1900's)
Home of The Bosque County Collection

Bosque County Old Settlers Reunion! Make plans now to attend the Bosque County Old Settlers Reunion on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Clifton. (more)

Steven Fromholz (1945-2014). The Bosque County Collection and the Bosque County Historical Commission are deeply saddened at the loss of Steven Fromholz on January 19, 2014. Steven was a Texas singer/songwriter and was voted a Poet Laureate of Texas in 2007. Steven spent much of his childhood visiting his maternal grandmother, Hirstine Greer Hughes, in Kopperl, Bosque County, Texas. He composed and recorded "Texas Trilogy," a set of three songs ("Daybreak," "Trainride," and "Bosque County Romance"), set in the town of Kopperl. It is considered by many to be one of the best portrayals of rural life in Texas during the 1950s

Steven always returned to his roots to recharge from his hectic touring schedules. After his stroke in 2003, Steven moved to Bosque County for rehabilitation. The stroke slowed him down, but never broke his spirit. Steven spent the last few years living on a ranch in West Texas, peacefully doing what he loved best, ranching. Our condolences go to his daughters Felicity and Darcy, his companion Susan Buckholz, and his sister Angela Blair.

Photo credit: Jodie Crawford

2012 John A. Lomax Texas Music Gathering in Meridian, Texas
Pictured from left to right:
Butch Hancock, Aaron Einhouse, Steven Fromholz, unidentified

Bosque County Veterans Memorial! (more)

Oral Histories Now Available Online! (more)