Bruceville-Eddy is a city in McLennan and Falls counties in the U.S. stateof Texas. The population was 1,569 at the 2010 census.
Most of the city is in McLennan County and is part of the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small southern portion is in Falls County.
Location of Bruceville-Eddy, Texas
The community of Bruceville-Eddy began as two separate settlements: Bruceville and Eddy. Both communities became stations on the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad (Katy Railroad) in 1882.
Bruceville was named for Lucien N. Bruce, who donated land for the railroad station. Most of Bruceville's residents came from the community of Mastersville, located two miles to the north, that the railroad has bypassed. By 1900, Bruceville has approximately 289 residents and several businesses. An Independent School District was formed in 1904. A bank operated in Bruceville from 1907 to 1927. The community had a population of around 500 during the 1930s and 1940s, but began to decline in the post-war years. By 1964, the number of inhabitants had fallen to 175 and decreased to just 25 in 1970.
Initially known as Marvin, the community was renamed after the railroad arrived in 1882 to honor rail division superintendent Everett B. Eddy. By the mid-1880s, the community was home to 150 people, three general stores, two churches, a school, and a gristmill. Throughout the 1890s, Eddy continued to experience rapid growth with some estimates placing the total population as high as 700. A bank opened in 1901 and received a national charter in 1915. In 1928, the schools in Bruceville and Eddy were consolidated, the first such merger in McLennan County. By the late 1920s, Eddy had approximately 450 residents. The population declined to 350 by the mid-1940s, but rose to around 600 in the 1960s as road improvements made commuting easier for locals.