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RICHMOND, TEXAS

Fort Bend County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast

Highway 59 and U.S. 90
15 miles SW of Houston
Population: 12,083 (2010) 16,920 (1990)

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Richmond Topics of Interest

  • History
  • Landmarks/Attractions - courthouse, jail, historic homes, bridge, cemeteries, etc. photo gallery
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  • Richmond TX Depot
    Richmond Depot
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Deaf Smith, Mirabeau B. Lamar and Jane Long were once Richmond residents. Jane Long is buried in the cemetery and there is a statue of Lamar directly in front of the courthouse.

    A timeline of Richmond history:

    1822: First settlers arrived, closely followed by members of Austin's "Old 300" The settlement was named after a log fortification on a bend of the Brazos River - the location was an important ford on the river.
    1836: Evacuated during "The Runaway Scrape"
    1837: The town is platted, promoted and named after Richmond, England. Incorporated in May of 1837 and becoming county seat when Fort Bend County was organized later in the year.
    1839: First newspaper - the Richmond Telescope and Texas Literary Register, was published
    1842: First courthouse built
    1853: Yellow Fever epidemic hits Richmond
    1855: The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railroad arrives
    1866: Freedman's Bureau opens when enamcipated slaves leave plantations and move to the city
    1867: Union occupation troops stationed at Richmond
    1871: New Courthouse
    1878: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe RR bypasses Richmond by 3 miles - giving birth to Rosenburg, Texas
    1888: First bridge across the Brazos is built
    1893: First steel bridge is built
    1899: Brazos floods
    1908: Fourth County Courthouse
    1920s: Population is 1,273. Oil discoveries add to the economy - rice, sugar and cotton are main crops
    After WWII, the more mobile population moved to Houston for better jobs. The population was stagnant until people started commuting from Houston in the 1970s.

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    Richmond, Texas Landmarks/Attractions
    Richmond TX - 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2006
    Fort Bend County Courthouse
  • John Moore Home, c. 1883
  • Long-Smith Cottage
  • Confederate Museum
  • Fort Bend Historical Museum: 500 Houston Street
  • Richmond Texas - Fort Bend County jail
    Former Ft. Bend County Jail c. 1896
    Just southwest of downtown Richmond - across the tracks.

    TE photo, 2001
    Fort Bend County Jail
    Completed in 1897, this structure was the third jail building in Fort Bend County. Built to communicate strength and justice to the area's lawless elements, the imposing Romanesque revival style structure features terra cotta decoration and massive arches. The interior included living quarters for the sheriff and a third floor gallows. It served as the Fort Bend County Jail until 1955.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1985
    Richmond Texas - Fort Bend County jail
    Fort Bend County jail architectural details
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Tx - Historic Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Richmond Tx - Classic Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Richmond Tx - Lamar Statue
    Mirabeau Lamar Statue
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Texas Historic Home - McNabb House
    Historic Home - McNabb House
    TE photo
    Richmond Texas - McNabb House Historical Marker
    McNabb House Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Richmond Texas Historic House
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Tx - Love Ministries Church
    Love Ministries Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Tx Tin Man Water tower

    Richmond Water Tower
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Tx - Old Garage
    Old Garage
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Texas
    Photo courtesy Teri Brown, 2004
    Morton Cemetery
    Four-spanned Railroad Thru Truss Bridge
    over Brazos River
    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge

    Railroad Thru Truss Bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge

    The Four-spanned Railroad Thru Truss Bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

    Railroad bridge over Brazos River, Richmond Texas
    Railroad bridge over the Brazos
    TE photo, 2001
    Richmond Tx - Charred Outhouse
    Outhouse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Chronicles

  • Jaybird-Woodpecker War by Archie P. McDonald
    ("All Things Historical" Column)

    "In Fort Bend County, a silhouette of the jaybird symbolized the Redeemer portion of the Democratic Party and the woodpecker represented those who had flourished during Radical Republican reconstruction, who also had begun to call themselves Democrats by the 1880s."

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  • Rosenberg Texas Cole Theater
    Rosenberg's Cole Theater
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