Bluff Dale, TX


By: Cathey Yarbrough Sims

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: May 1, 1995


Bluff Dale, on U.S. Highway 377 and the North Paluxy River in northeastern Erath County, was originally called Bluff Spring by the pioneers who settled near the site's artesian wells. Bluff Dale became the name when the post office was granted in 1877. When the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway was constructed in 1889, Jack Glenn donated land for a new townsite on the line a short distance to the east. The relocated town prospered for the next two decades and was incorporated in 1908. By 1915 it had its own bank, as well as a newspaper, the Bluff Dale Sun. Bluff Dale reported 680 residents in 1936, 500 in 1940, and 123 in 1980. By 1989, however, the population had grown to 300. By that year the school had expanded to more than seventy students from only twenty in 1983 and had reinstituted competitive sports. In 1989 the town also had three churches, a volunteer fire department, a Study and Garden Club, a beautification committee, and five historical markers. By 2000 the population had dropped to 123.

Vallie Eoff, A History of Erath County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1937).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Cathey Yarbrough Sims, “Bluff Dale, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/bluff-dale-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
May 1, 1995

Place
Bluff Dale
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1330946
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Erath County
Associated Names

Bluff Spring

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.35097180°
  • Longitude: -98.02142620°
Population Counts
People Year
400 2009