Bedford, Texas is a suburb of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas. It is part of the Dallas- metroplex and the larger North Texas region. It is part of the mid-cities region between Dallas and Fort Worth. Bedford is completely surrounded by Hurst, Euless and Colleyville. Bedford is home to a number of employers including Texas Health Resources, Carter Bloodcare, Walmart, Warrantech and Daystar.
Bedford’s history is similar to its neighbors, particularly Euless and Hurst. Anglo-American settlers first settled the DFW area in the 1840s. The first settlement built was Bird’s Fort in north Arlington just south of the easternmost part of Fort Worth and south Euless. However, this area in Tarrant County did not begin meaningful settlement until after the Civil War. In the 1870s settlers came to the area from Tennessee and settled in a community they called Bedford after the county where they originated in Tennessee. The fledgling town was a booming community through the 1880s and 1890s, overshadowing early settlements in present-day Hurst, Euless and Colleyville. It was the second largest town in Tarrant County, second to Fort Worth.
However, the town retracted in the early 1900s as rail lines between Dallas and Fort Worth were built to the south through Arlington and Grand Prairie. Through the first half of the twentieth century the town sustained itself through farms and dairies.
After World War 2 things changed. The sleepy farm town became a new residential opportunity as military installations and aviation businesses moved into the central part of DFW, primarily in Grand Prairie and Arlington. Bedford gave easy access to these employers while being far enough away to provide a quiet life. The community incorporated in 1953 to avoid annexation by Hurst or Euless. The city expanded through the 1950s and developed a master plan for further development in 1961. This began a long term fight over zoning for businesses, apartment complexes and whether to build out a central business district.
The 1970s, driven partially by construction of DFW Airport, saw Bedford grow rapidly. It became a convenient suburban home for employees around the airport. Today the town is almost full with a diverse mix of residents and businesses.
The town is known for its annual Bluesfest, the Old Bedford School built in 1915 and the Bedford Boys Ranch. The Boys Ranch used to be a home for wayward teens from 10-14.
Bedford is served by its city government and Tarrant County. Students attend schools in the Hurst–Euless-Bedford ISD and it is the only city of the three in which the city limits are completely within the school district.