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OYSTER CREEK, TEXAS

Brazoria County, Texas Gulf Coast
Highway 523
4 Miles NE of Freeport
12 Miles SE of Angleton

Population: 1,192 (2000)

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Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

Cattleman Sam Hudgins is credited with being one of the first settlers. From merely grazing cattle, landowners diversified into sugar cane and cotton. By the 1880s the community had both a school and church. In the early 1890s, the area was promoted by the Horn Bros. who offered prospective buyers one lot in nearby Velasco for each five lots bought at Oyster Creek. The brothers were indicted for fraud and one went to prison while the other took the easier path of suicide. The town lost a sizeable portion of its population in 1915 when floodwaters chased residents to higher ground. Nothing of importance happened through the 20s and 30s and it wasn't until WWII when Oyster Creek was included in the Brazosport industrial and port complex. The town had a population of 574 in the mid 1950s, growing to 700 by the mid 1960s. The 1970 population of 600 increased slowly to the present 1,192.
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
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