Details for Bransford

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5439000491


Marker Number 491
Atlas Number 5439000491
Marker Title Bransford
Index Entry Bransford
Address 408 Shelton Drive
City Colleyville
County Tarrant
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 671320
UTM Northing 3641498
Subject Codes railroads; settlements; ghost towns
Marker Year 1986
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location 408 Shelton Drive, Colleyville
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text A post office with the name Bransford opened in this vicinity in the late 19th century. In 1889 the post office was moved to Red Rock on the route of the St. Louis, Arkansas, and Texas Railroad. Named for pioneer Felix Grundy Bransford (1828-1898), the post office name eventually replaced the name of Red Rock and the town of Bransford became the center of a large farming community. Early residents of the area remembered a post office, two daily passenger trains, four doctors, two blacksmith shops, a livery stable, four general stores, and lodge hall in the town. The railroad depot provided a passenger and supply center for the surrounding agricultural communities. The Bransford Lodge Hall, built in 1911, provided a meeting place for four groups: The Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World, Knights of Modern Macabees, and the Farmers Union. It was also a gathering place for many community activities. The closing of the Bransford Post Office in 1913 and the advent of highway travel contributed to the decline of Bransford. By the time the city of Colleyville was incorporated in 1956, most reminders of the hamlet called Bransford had disappeared. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986.

Location Map

View this record in full map (opens in new tab/window)