Nash, Texas

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Nash is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Texarkana, Texas - Texarkana, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,169 at the 2000 census (though a July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 2,395).[3]



Early Years

Long before the birth of Nash, the land on which it is located was in the name of the State of Texas. The State of Texas patented the land, which makes up the eastern portion of Nash to William Crutcher on December 19, 1849. The west portion of Nash was patented to Josiah W. Fort, assignee of Thomas Price on December 18, 1951.[4]

Growth Period

Originally, the town of Nash was first called "T. C. Junction" or sometimes Texarkana Junction for its location on transcontinental division of Texas and Pacific Railway, which officially was entitled from its construction days as Trans-Continental Division. The first railroad track was built from Marshall eastward to T.C. Junction in 1873. The official origin date of the town is unknown but records indicate Nash began sometime between 1873 and the late 1880s.[5]

In 1884, the town was renamed Park, after Dr. John N. Parker, who received a grant for a post office. He was the first postmaster. Dr. Parker changed the name of the town to Park because the government would not accept such a long name as Trans-Continental Junction; therefore, he used his own name dropping the “er.” In 1906, the town was renamed again to Nash, in honor of Martin Manny Nash, the Division Superintendent for the Texas & Pacific Railroad Company.[6]

First school started in 1885, in single room by Dr. K. M. Kelley, located on the corner of Dodd and Elm streets.[7] In 1890, the town had a store, a pharmacy, two mills, a cotton gin, and 100 inhabitants. In 1894, the town was struck by a cyclone that destroyed one-third of the town, demolishing the first school, the Methodist church, the Baptist Church, several dwellings, and killing two people.[4]

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