This DFW Metroplex city in northeastern Tarrant County was settled in the late 1840s. The settlement grew in the 1870s, when Weldon Bobo came to the area and built a general store and gristmill to serve area farmers. Bobo and others agreed to name the community Bedford, after the county in Tennessee from which many of them had come.
In the early 1900s, two rail lines and a new U.S. highway bypassed the city, and growth halted until the construction of nearby military bases and defense plants during World War II. Completion of the nearby DFW International Airport spurred further growth, and today, Bedford's central location puts it at the heart of cultural and recreational activities in the metroplex area.
Events include Twilight Thursdays free concerts in the spring and the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival on Labor Day weekend.
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