On the divide between South Wichita and Brazos rivers, the city was established in 1884 when houses were built with lumber from Wichita Falls. The city was named after town founder H.G. Bedford's son, Benjamin, who was killed by lightning as a child. It is the Knox County seat. This was an early cattle center, and it is still a major farming area. The area also is known for wild hogs and was one of the first to post "wild hogs crossing" signs in the state. Hunting is popular, the area has an abundance of waterfowl, deer, dove, quail, turkey and wild hog. A jail built in 1887 is now a private home, and the safe of an old bank still stands next to the current sheriff's office.
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