Settled about 1854 on Bosque River, today is the largest town in the county;
marketing center for surrounding agricultural efforts, and gateway to Lake
Whitney. City park offers picnic facilities and playground equipment. Fishing
is available on the Bosque and Lake Whitney. Scandinavian traditions are
still observed by descendants of Norse settlers.
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BOSQUE MEMORIAL MUSEUM - Texas mineral an fossil collections, guns,
coins, sailing ship models, pioneer kitchen equipment, farm tools and Indian
artifacts,. Open Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 2 to 5 p.m. South Avenue
Q and West 9th. Admission is charged.
NORSE SETTLEMENT - 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 Ganuteson 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 "draket," national Norse costume. Access
via F.M. 219 west, F.M. 182 north.