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    SIMONTON, TEXAS

    Fort Bend County, Texas Gulf Coast
    FM 1093 and FM 1489
    About 14 Miles NW of Richmond
    Population: 0718 (2000)

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    Simonton Tx Community Church
    Simonton Community Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

    History in a Pecan Shell

    North Carolina native James Simonton is the cityís namesake. Simonton brought his family here in the 1850 and set up a Brazos River plantation, only to lose it after the Civil War.

    In 1888 the SAAP Railroad (San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway) arrived and a post office was granted in 1894.

    Kansas farmers (brothers John and Albert Spencer) thought the soil here ideal for potato farming and in 1905 they bought a large tract for that purpose.

    By 1910 the company of Spencer and Mullins Brothers donated land so that the railroad could open a siding to provide easier shipping.

    Although the 1914 population was a mere 50 residents in 1914, the community had its own cotton gin and two general stores.

    The population doubled by the mid 1920s and Simonton had added another general store in addition to five other businesses.

    Simontonís population grew from the 1940 count of 150 to a peak of 910 for the 1990 census. The 200 census showed a decline to 718 residents.

    In 1979 the community incorporated as The City of Simonton.
    Simonton Tx - West Mt Olive Baptist Church
    West Mt Olive Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Simonton Post Office
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2012
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Ft Bend County Texas 1907 postal map
    1907 Ft Bend County postal map showing Simonton
    (NW of Richmond)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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