Meridian, Texas was
established on the Fourth of July, 1854, as seat of the newly
created Bosque County; named for its location on the 100th
A small log-cabin courthouse
was the first structure erected in town. Today, Meridian is a
major retail center for agricultural activities. A popular
state park is nearby.
Meridian State Park
Scenic 503 acres on Bee Creek
in Bosque Valley, with 70-acre lake. Facilities include
camping and trailer sites, screened shelters, group camp and
opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating and hiking.
Tawakoni Indians lived in the area until the mid-1800s. Four
miles southwest of Meridian via Texas 22, Park Road 7.
23,560-acre Corps of Engineers
impoundment on the Brazos River, one of most popular water
recreation areas in nation. Attendance figures show more than
four million visitors annually, but there is ample room on
the lake that stretches 45 miles up the Brazos River Valley.
Scores of campsites, marinas, parks, recreation areas, and
leisure home developments along the shore. Fishing excellent
in innumerable sheltered coves and inlets; lake record fish
include channel cat, 23.75 lbs.; blue catfish, 41.5 lbs.;
hybrid striped bass, 13.5 lbs.; white bass, 2.5 lbs.;
largemouth bass, 9.06 lbs.; striped bass, 39.69 lbs. white
crappie, 2.13 lbs., and smallmouth bass, 7.72 lbs., which was
also a state record, caught Nov. 1988. Towering cliffs often
edge the clear blue waters, and scuba divers explore depths
that range to nearly 100 feet.
Lake Whitney State
is on the eastern shore
(see Whitney). A few miles west of
Whitney via F.M. 1244 or F.M. 1713; also accessible from
Clifton, Meridian and Hillsboro.