“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hurst in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Pioneer Birdville Schools

Pioneer Birdville Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye
1. Pioneer Birdville Schools Marker

The community of Birdville, named for pioneer Jonathan Bird, became the first seat of Tarrant County in 1851. It continued to hold that position until 1856, when an election changed the county seat to Fort Worth.

Located within the community, on this site known as Birdville Hill, was a school operated by Professor William E. Hudson. Named Birdville Academy, the school opened in 1858 and attracted students from Tarrant, Dallas, Parker, and Denton Counties.

The school grew quickly from a one-room wooden building to larger facilities serving an increasing student population. By 1919 the need for additional room resulted in a bond election which authorized the erection of a new brick building adjacent to the original school site. In 1926 the Birdville Independent School District was incorporated, and additional school facilities were added to the property in later years.

In 1961 Birdville High School was renamed Haltom High after a second high school, Richland High, was opened. Still occupying the original Birdville School site, the school district now includes facilities throughout Haltom City and retains the Birdville
Pioneer Birdville Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye
2. Pioneer Birdville Schools Marker
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Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4024.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 32° 48.328′ N, 97° 15.333′ W. Marker is in Hurst, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of Carson Street and East Belknap Street, on the right when traveling north on Carson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3120 Carson Street, Fort Worth TX 76111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birdville Baptist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Fork Baptist Association (about 600 feet away); Birdville Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Archibald Franklin Leonard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Judge Benjamin Franklin Barkley (approx. Ό mile away); Harper's Rest Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Amon Carter Riverside High School and Riverside ISD (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mount Olivet Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 21, 2023