Eden, Texas is located at the junction of US highways 83 and 87 in Concho County and is the closest town to the geodetic center of Texas, which is 18.5 miles west-southwest of town.
Not the Garden of Eden
Frederick Ede moved to Concho County in 1881 with his family and in 1882 he designated 40 acres of his land as a townsite. Ede even donated the land for the town's square! In 1883 when the settlement received a post office the town's people adapted Ede's name and named the town Eden.
Today half of the town's official population number comes from a minimum security prison.
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Eden is about 18.5 miles east-northeast of the geodetic center of Texas. Geodetic measurements use satellites to determine location and in 1989 the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors measured the exact distance between all four of Texas' borders to determine it's geodetic center. If you're ever in Eden, there's a granite marker in the town square highlights Eden's location as being the center of Texas.
But wait - isn't the geographic center of Texas somewhere else? Yes - yes it is. There are two places marked as the center of Texas!
Eden is the Population Center of Concho County
Concho County was created from part of Bexar County by the Texas Legislature in 1858. The county didn't formally organize until 1879 when the required petition was signed by the required 75 voters and filed with the State. The county seat is in nearby Paint Rock, which is named for nearby pictographs.
The railroad didn't come to Concho County until 1910 and manufacturing never really took off, leaving the county primarily focused on agriculture. Most people during the great depression were sharecroppers and today the county is known as the leading sheep-producing county in all of Texas.
Eden, Texas is located in Concho County and was created in 1882 when Frederick Ede designed 40 acres of his land as a townsite. In 1883 when the settlement received a post office the town's people adapted Ede's name and named the town Eden. Eden, Texas is the closest town to the geodetic center of Texas which is 18.5 miles west-southwest and Eden is the only city in Concho County, Texas.
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