Bruceville-Eddy, Texas

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Bruceville-Eddy is a city in Falls and McLennan counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 1,490 at the time of the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 1,539.[3]

The McLennan County portion of Bruceville-Eddy is part of the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Bruceville-Eddy is located at 31°18′20″N 97°14′53″W / 31.30556°N 97.24806°W / 31.30556; -97.24806 (31.305554, -97.247919)[4]. It is situated along Interstate 35, approximately 18 miles south of Waco and 13 miles north of Temple.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), all of it land.

History

The community of Bruceville-Eddy began as two separate settlements: Bruceville and Eddy. Both communities became stations on the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad (Katy Railroad) in 1882.[6]

Bruceville

Bruceville was named for Lucien N. Bruce, who donated land for the railroad station. Most of Bruceville's residents came from the community of Mastersville, located two miles to the north, that the railroad has bypassed. By 1900, Bruceville has approximately 289 residents and several businesses. An Independent School District was formed in 1904. A bank operated in Bruceville from 1907 to 1927. The community had a population of around 500 during the 1930s and 1940s, but began to decline in the post-war years. By 1964, the number of inhabitants had fallen to 175 and decreased to just 25 in 1970.[5][6]

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