Although these two sister Houston suburb cities are separate
municipalities, these twin towns share: heritage,
business and living areas.
The earliest settlement
was in 1822 by members of the Old Three Hundred (Stephen F. Austin's colony), it was later supplemented
by an unusual variety of ethnic and cultural groups
-Southern plantation owners, Confederate veterans,
carpetbaggers, Czech immigrants, African Americans,
railroad and oilmen.
Post-Reconstruction era brought the
"Jaybird-Woodpecker War" with heavy casualties occurring between rival political
factions in 1888 through 1890; a city-hall obelisk is
topped with a Jaybird.
against that, "demon rum" began in Richmond.
The silver-domed Fort Bend
County Courthouse dates from 1908; historical markers are
located on the grounds, Located at 500 Jackson St.,
The surrounding fertile
coastal plains are devoted to farming, and ranching.
Other industries include oil, salt, sulphur production,
steel fabrication and diversified manufacturing.
Richmond-Rosenberg Chamber of Commerce at 4120 Ave. H
(U.S. 9OA/59) offers information on historic sites and
recreation throughout area.
The Fort Bend Opry features country and Western music
every Friday night at the Cole Theater in Rosenberg.
Brazos Bend State
acres of Gulf Coastal Plain includes Brazos River bottomlands,
beautiful live-oak woodlands draped by wild grape vines
and Spanish moss, oxbow lakes and marsh. Abundant
wildlife includes white-tailed deer, coyotes, Russian
boar, migratory waterfowl, shore- and wading birds, and
large population of American alligators. Tent and RV
camping, picnic sites, screened shelters, rest rooms,
showers, dump station. Fishing pier, hike and bike
trails, wildlife observation platforms. Access via F.M.
762, 20 miles south. Admission.
These historical buildings
include a 1901 railroad depot, a log-cabin replica of the
original Fort Bend, the McNabb House, c. 1850, (Carrie
Nation's daughter's home) and a 1896 county jail. Also
features a modern gazebo. Located on the 500 block of
Fort Bend County
Cited as one of state's best small museums! This quaint museum features
exhibits on the developmental eras from first the area
colonists of 1822; there is also a special exhibit on
local resident Jane Long, "the mother of Texas"; the Texas Revolution; the
plantation era; the Civil War; the ranching era, and the
sugar industry. Open Tues. Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat.,
Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. 500 Houston St., Richmond. On museum
grounds is the Moore Home (see below).
Victorian mansion, c. 1883, home of Texas Congressman
John N. Moore of early 1900s. Restored and furnished with
period antiques. Open Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. on grounds of Fort
Bend County Historical Museum, 500 Houston St., Richmond.