Bells

Bells is on U.S. Highway 82 ten miles east of Sherman in east central Grayson County. Daniel Dugan settled in the area in 1835. Community development, however, did not occur until the early 1870s with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific and Missouri, Kansas and Texas railways. The community was called Dugansville, for the local pioneer family, from 1871 to 1878, and was renamed Bells (or Bell's), perhaps in reference to the area churches, in 1879. In the 1870s the community had a post office, nine stores, a mill, a cotton gin, and Corneilison School. The community grew up south of the railroad, and incorporated in 1881. By 1900 the community had 400 residents, twenty businesses, two schools, a number of churches, and a weekly newspaper, the North Texas Courant. By the mid-1920s the number of residents had grown to just over 600; businesses numbered thirty, including a bank. The community supported a high school and a grade school. The depression and World War II slowed the growth. Beginning in the 1950s, however, a steady increase in population resumed. In 1955 the population was just over 600; in 1990 it was 962, and in 2000 it was 1,190.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Bells is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Bailey Junction)
  • (Bell Plain)
  • (Dugansville)
  • (Gospel Ridge)

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.61787550
    Longitude
    -96.41402400

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Bells
Pop. Year Source
1,552 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,392 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,190 2000 Texas Demographic Center
962 1990 Texas Demographic Center