Old Union, TX (Bowie County)

By: Laurie E. Jasinski

Type: General Entry

Published: August 26, 2004

Old Union is located on U.S. 67 about nine miles southwest of New Boston and twenty-five miles southwest of Texarkana in southern Bowie County. Settlement may have begun as early as 1830, when school was conducted out of a log-hewn house in the area. The schoolhouse also held church services for various denominations, and the name Union was derived from the Union Church. Martin A. Poer was the original grantee of the land where Old Union was established, and he received his patent on May 15, 1848. Social activities in the farming settlement probably centered on school and church functions. Old Union Cemetery was established by the 1860s, and the earliest marked graves date to the mid-1860s. In the early part of the twentieth century through the 1930s Old Union had a school, two Baptist churches, several businesses, and many farms and homes. The cemetery was still in use in the latter 1900s, and in 1990 the town had a population of 238. That figure remained constant through 2000.

Barbara Susan Overton Chandler, A History of Bowie County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1937). Old Union Cemetery, Bowie County, Texas website (http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Bowie/cemetery/oldunion.htm), accessed July 22, 2004.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Laurie E. Jasinski, “Old Union, TX (Bowie County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 21, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/old-union-tx-bowie-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 26, 2004

Old Union
Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Bowie County
  • Latitude: 33.33984350°
  • Longitude: -94.46575610°
Population Counts
People Year
100 2014