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  • THOMPSONS, TEXAS

    Fort Bend County, Texas Gulf Coast
    FM 2759
    12 Miles SE of Richmond

    Population: 236 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Alabaman Robert E. Bohannon settled here around 1830 as one of Austin’s original “Old 300.” After his death, his widow remarried and her husband Hiram Thompson modestly renamed the fledgling community after himself.

    It endured the history limbo that most Texas towns experienced (from Republic through Statehood and the Civil War) and emerged in the late 1870s as a station on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad.

    The town was granted a post office in 1888 and was originally called Thompson’s Switch. Thompsons’ residents numbered 300 by the mid 1890s.

    Businesses included a gin, general store and two saloons but by 1904 the population had decreased to a mere 104 residents.

    The emancipation of slaves and the fact that the region had been a “plantation economy” left it with three Black schools and one white school. There were only 75 residents from 1920 to1940. A second railroad arrived in 1930 – the short line Cane Belt Railroad. It wasn’t until 1947 when the population reached 100. The 2000 Census counted 236 residents.

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