Settled about 1854 on Bosque
River, today largest town in county; marketing center for
surrounding agricultural efforts, and gateway to Lake
Whitney. City park offers picnic facilities and playground
equipment. Fishing available on the Bosque and Lake Whitney.
Scandinavian traditions still observed by descendants of
Bosque Memorial Museum
Texas mineral and fossil
collections, guns, coins, sailing ship models, pioneer
kitchen equipment, farm tools and Indian artifacts. Open
Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 2 - 5 p.m. South Ave. Q and
West 9th. Admission.
Near Clifton the Norse
community is "capital" of Norwegian settlement in
Texas. Pioneers such as Cleng Peerson, called "the
Father of Norse Immigration to America," and Ole
Canuteson brought groups of Norwegians to area in 1850s.
Peerson's grave, churchyard of Our Savior's Lutheran Church
in Norse community, honored by Norwegian descendants
throughout U.S. Norse customs celebrated each Nov. with giant
smorgasbord at church; women wear the colorful
"drakt," national Norse costume. Access via F.M.
219 west, F.M. 182 north.