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MUMFORD, TEXAS

Robertson County, Central Texas South

3044'4"N 9633'54"W (30.7343621, -96.5649690)
FM 50
On the East side of the Brazos River
10 miles S of Hearne
22 miles S of Franklin the county seat
20 miles N of Bryan | College Station
Population: 170 (2000)

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Mumford Texas post office and store

The Post Office and Store at Mumford
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2006
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History in a Pecan Shell

Jesse Mumford
operated a ferry across the Brazos River in 1855 with a license issued from the county.

The original post office dates from 1878.

Italian immigrants were brought in to work the land on shares. After establishing themselves, they wrote back to Italy to have their countrymen join them, which they did.

The town throve throughout the 1890s. In 1895, the first iron bridge was built across the Brazos - only to be washed away four years later. The 1899 flood also washed away most of the town - a disaster that Mumford has never fully recovered from.

The Mumford Post Office & Collier's Store

"... James Michener and his secretary/assistant John Kings came to Mumford to research Jesse Mumford and his ferry when he was writing "Texas". The spot on the Brazos where the ferry was in operation was owned by Frances Collier Foyt, Postmaster and the store owner until her death. They drove as far as they could, then hiked the riverbanks down to the crossing to see it up close. The iron bridge was built 6 miles south and is where State Highway 21 spans the river. The heirs of Frances Foyt closed the store two years ago, but Mumford Post Office is still an active part of the community. Hopefully one day the heirs will understand the importance of the store as a landmark and community icon and either lease it or sell it to someone who understands the need for it in this community. It is a shame to be wasted." - Sincerely, Patricia L. Kelley, Postmaster, Mumford, TX 77867, January 28, 2008
Mumford, Texas - New Zion Baptist Church

New Zion Baptist Church in the process of restoration
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2006
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Mumford, Texas - Gonzales Tavern

Gonzales Tavern
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Mumford, Texas -A closed store

A closed store in Mumford
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TX Robertson County 1920s map
1920s map showing Mumford in southwestern Robertson County near Milam, Burleson and Brazos County lines
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Mumford, Texas Nearby Towns:
Franklin the county seat
Hearne
Bryan | College Station
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