Fairview, TX (Bosque County)

By: Karen Yancy

Type: General Entry

Published: January 1, 1995

Updated: September 21, 2019

Fairview is near the Lake Whitney Dam 9½ miles northeast of Valley Mills and twenty-three miles northwest of Waco in southeastern Bosque County. A church was organized there in April 1889, probably on Coon Creek. In 1897 Gip Smith, who owned most of the land in Fairview, donated the grounds for a church and a school. A one-room school and church was erected in August 1897. A separate building for the church was built later that year. Local histories suggest that a post office was established in R. E. Conine's home, which also housed the general store. Outlaw Myra Shirley (Belle) Starr owned 160 acres of land in the Fairview area that served as a hideout. The Fairview school was consolidated with the Valley Mills schools in 1949. The Fairview Baptist Church continued to serve the area in the late 1980s.

Bosque County History Book Committee, Bosque County, Land and People (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1985).

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

Karen Yancy, “Fairview, TX (Bosque County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/fairview-tx-bosque-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995
September 21, 2019

Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Bosque County
Associated Names


  • Latitude: 31.79099270°
  • Longitude: -97.40279160°