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RICHARDS, TEXAS

Grimes County, Central Texas South

FM 1486 and FM 149
20 miles NE of Navasota
21 miles SW of Huntsville
Population: 296 Est. (2010)

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Richards Texas downtown
Richards main street
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
History 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.
Drug Store, Richards Texas
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
Richards Texas old store
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
Photographer's Note:
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). - Ken Rudine, December 10, 2007
Richards, Texas
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