Bethlehem, TX (Limestone County)


By: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

Type: General Entry

Published: November 1, 1994


Bethlehem, a predominantly black community west of Mexia in north central Limestone County, grew up around a Primitive Baptist church. Around 1900 the school at Bethlehem was merged with the schools at Sardis and Smith Chapel to form Woodland School. This institution was consolidated with the school at Rocky Crossing in the 1930s. Bethlehem was not marked on county highways maps by the 1940s.

Walter F. Cotton, History of Negroes of Limestone County from 1860 to 1939 (Mexia, Texas: Chatman and Merriwether, 1939). James Cecil Moore, Reorganization of School Districting in Limestone County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1935).
Categories:
  • Peoples
  • African Americans
Places:
  • Communities

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, “Bethlehem, TX (Limestone County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/bethlehem-tx-limestone-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994

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Place
Bethlehem
Currently Exists
No
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1351973
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Limestone County
Associated Names

Woodland

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 31.66822280°
  • Longitude: -96.54053820°