in a Pecan Shell
Unpopulated, except for ranchers and determined farmers, the community
didn’t really start until the railroad arrived in 1905-06. The land,
which had been inaccessible, was now available. The name’s origin
is said to originate from one of two men named Dan, not the city
The land was advertised in newspaper in the Midwest and North and
as prospective buyers came, a hotel was built to accommodate them.
A model farm was planted and in 1909 the community was granted a
Austin Bayou, with its water connection to markets in Galveston
constructed docks for farmers. The produce included watermelons,
onions, cabbages and strawberries.
The climate was disagreeable to the American farmers and many left.
Soon Czech farmers (who accepted the climate as normal for America)
classes were held in a private home until a brick school was built
in 1920. The former school was divide to serve both Protestant and
During World War I,
Danbury served as an auxiliary landing strip for Ellington Field.
It was one stop on a cross-country flight route.
After a brief period of oil production, Danbury returned to raising
cattle and producing rice.
and Ft Bend County map showing Danbury
(Below "RI" in "BRAZORIA")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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