Bethlehem, TX (Upshur County)


By: Christopher Long

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994


Bethlehem is on Farm Road 1650 eleven miles southeast of Gilmer in southeastern Upshur County. The site was settled in the early 1850s. A school began operating there around 1900. In the mid-1930s the community had a church, a school, a store, a cemetery, and a number of scattered houses. During the 1950s Bethlehem and nearby Omega formed an independent school district with a high school. The school and church were later moved a mile south to New Bethlehem, and in 1958 the school was consolidated with the East Mountain school district. In the mid-1960s Bethlehem had a church, a cemetery, a store, and a few houses. In 1990 the church and cemetery were still maintained, and Bethlehem reported a population of twenty-five. The population grew to seventy-five in 2000.

Doyal T. Loyd, History of Upshur County (Waco: Texian Press, 1987).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Christopher Long, “Bethlehem, TX (Upshur County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/bethlehem-tx-upshur-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1976
November 1, 1994

Place
Bethlehem
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1378003
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Upshur County
Associated Names

Old-

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.83596420°
  • Longitude: -94.98882700°
Population Counts
People Year
75 2009