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About Bedford

Bedford, Iowa

 

 

 

Bedford is a city in Taylor County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,440 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Taylor County. Lake of Three Fires State Park is located a few miles northeast of Bedford.

 

 

 

 

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History

 

 


The community is believed to have gotten its name from Thomas J. Bedford who was the first west bound Pony Express rider to deliver the mail on its final leg from Benicia, California to Oakland, California on April 23, 1861. Bedford is believed to have operated Bedfords Store and Trading Post in 1848 within the city limits. He moved to California later that year in the California Gold Rush.

The community was called "Grove" when a post office was established on June 30, 1855. On June 24, 1856 it was changed to Bedford. Other histories have noted possible other sources of the name:

The community was formally established as the county seat of Taylor County by a legislative act in 1853. The town was formally laid out on lots sold on July 4, 1853 (which at the time identified the community as "Bedforde"). According to town legend a barrel of whiskey was placed on the grounds and lots sold for $10 to $20 - although none of the lots were paid for at the time.

The present Taylor County Courthouse was built in 1893.

 

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

 


Bedford is located at 40°40′6″N 94°43′16″W (40.668317, -94.721092), along the East Fork of the One Hundred and Two River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.61 square miles (4.17 km2), of which, 1.60 square miles (4.14 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

 

 

 

 

School

 

 


The Bedford School has very smart students, good teachers, and a nice and large playground for the elementary students. The libraries are a good size with many interesting books. The food is healthy, but good. There are many things to love about the Bedford School.


 

 

 

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Bedford won the Iowa Class A State Football Championship in 1992. In addition to winning in 1992, The Bedford Bulldogs Qualified for quarter finals in 2011. That year the head coach Bob McCoy was voted the class a coach of the year. In 2012 the Lady Bulldogs Basketball team was the Class 1A state runner-up.

 

 

 

 

 

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedford,_Iowa


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