Bess was fourteen miles northeast of Dallas on Duck Creek; the site is now in Richardson, northern Dallas County. The settlement was started in the 1850s by members of the Peters colony and named for Lemuel Bess, who received a certificate for 320 acres that included the site. The land was patented in Dallas County in his name after he sold it. In 1949 Bess was served on a rural mail route from Garland.
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.
Lisa C. Maxwell | © Texas State Historical Association
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