Photo courtesy Ken
Rudine, October 2007
in a Pecan Shell
Settled since the 1830s but undeveloped, Richards was born with the
railroad (The Trinity and Brazos Valley) when it arrived in 1907.
The town was populated by residents from the existing communities
of Fairview and Longstreet who in some cases moved their businesses
intact to the new town.
The town was named by the railroad to honor a banker with the last
name of Richards. The former Longstreet, Texas post office moved to
Richards and underwent a change of name.
The town had most essential businesses from its beginning – including
a newspaper. The 1910 population was 450 and by the mid 1930 it had
reached 500. By the late 1960 it had declined to 305 by 1969 and it
was recorded as 296 – the same for the 2000 Census.
Tthe reason I went there today was "The
Grove, TX" article, and its 'new Luckenbach' potential - a claim
I would also make for Richards (20mi. NE of Navasota,
28mi. SW of Huntsville).
Rudine, December 10, 2007
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