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ROSENBERG, TEXAS

Fort Bend County, Texas Gulf Coast

Highway 59 and Highway 36
About 28 miles SW of Houston
About 3 miles W of Richmond
Population: 32,252 (2010

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Rosenberg TX - Vogelsang Building
The Vogelsang building on Avenue G.
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named in honor of Henry Rosenberg, a Swiss immigrant, who settled in Galveston and from 1874 to 1877 was president of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company.

The area was originally settled around 1823 by members of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred. Mirabeau Lamar and Jane Long resided in nearby Richmond.

A timeline of significant events in Rosenberg History:

In 1880 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway railroad built three miles to the west of the Richmond – the Fort Bend County Seat – because Richmond refused a right-of-way. This scenario played itself out numerous times in Texas history and it usually resulted in the disappearance of the refusing town. Richmond being a county seat made them a rare exception.
1881: a post office was granted
Rosenberg also became the headquarters for the New York, Texas and Mexican Railway. See Pierce, Texas for the story on the construction of what was then called the “Macaroni Line”and the naming of towns along the route.
1889: the Union Depot was constructed.
The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad purchased 200 acres from the heirs of the Henry Scott league and platted a city square between the river and railroads The present location of Jackson School.
During this period of their history, Rosenberg was a tent city with only a few permanent buildings in place. The roads were either dusty or mud – depending on the weather. Nicknames of Mudville or Mud City were often applied to the town.
1894: Wells Fargo opened an office in Rosenberg.
A new resident, who later became mayor - R. T. Mulcahy, raised money for the first school.
An immigration of Czechs, Poles and Germans boosted the population between 1890 and 1900 to 1,000 people.
1898: Rosenberg incorporated its school district, and built a new school.
1902: the "City of Mud" was incorporated into the city of Rosenberg. Robert H. McCormick became the town's first mayor and the Cumings Drug Store became the location for the town’s first telephone.
R. T. Mulcahy (The Father of Rosenberg) completed Robert McCormick's unfinished term of Mayor.
1903: and a Masonic lodge was established in 1903.
1906: 100 telephone subscribers required switchboard which was set up in Kubena's Boot Shop
1912: the first electrical generating plant was built, and Rosenberg had fifty-six businesses.
1913: The town had its worst flood. Others occurred in the years 1922, 1929 and 1957.
1914: a volunteer fire department was formed.
1920s: oilfields were developed and Rosenberg briefly became a boomtown. The first hospital was built in 1922.
1945: Rosenburg had an estimated 3,457 residents and by 1956 it had almost doubled to 6,210 Rosenbergers.
1946: Rosenberg and Richmond merged to form the Lamar Consolidated ISD.
Industries and production in the Rosenberg area include petroleum, sulfur, natural gas, salt, clay, sand, and gravel. On the more edible side, they produce livestock, rice, sugar, and sorghums. Cotton has also been a time-tested economic crop.
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Buildings along 3rd Street
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2014
Rosenberg TX - Cole Theater
The Cole Theater (originally Liberty Theater) on 3rd Street.
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Building at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum at Ave. F and 3rd St.
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Abandoned building across from the post office on Avenue G.
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Rosenberg TX - Vogelsang Building historical marker
Vogelsang Building Historical Marker
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Coca-Cola ghost sign
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Water tower
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