Life Yesterday on the Brazos River

Life yesterday is always related to a location. One of the earliest Angelo American locations near where I live was the Community of Duke, located in eastern Fort Bend County, Texas. My wish and the purpose of this privately maintained web site is that you become aquainted with the settlers that walked this land before we did. After meeting the residents of Duke, Texas, I will expand to the surrounding areas. First, you should understand the history of Texas before it became the Republic of Texas.

Mexican Texas   Spanish Texas, 15191821 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992) to 1827

The Republic of Texas declaration of Independence

 Texas History Timeline  Before 1500 to January 10, 1901

RUNAWAY SCRAPE by Delue Harris     The Runaway Scrape started after the Battle of the Alamo when Santa Anna started chasing Sam Houston with his burn and destroy tactics. The settlers fled across the Sabine River for safety in Lousianna, then part or the UNITED STATES. The Runaway Scrape ended with the Battle of San Jacinto victory.   

The Texans Win Independence


The following is Texas as a Republic.

The Shape of the Republic of Texas, 1836 to 1845  

See what was the Republic of Texas on a modern map  [Compliments of Bruce Grethen, member of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission in the year 2015] [PDF]

Texas A Nation 1836 to 1845

Definitions of a League, Cito etc      

Class Designations for Settlers   

The following link is the complete book of             

RECOLECTIONS OF OLD TEXAS DAYS By Noah Smithwick


The Civil War and Fort Bend County


Railroads in Fort Bend County


The links below are to the places in Fort Bend County, Texas that exist today or have existed in the past.


The Death of a Grave


  

The Duke Community  Ghost town  [marker] same location as Clear Lake,Texas

 

The Arcola Community  

 

Fresno, Texas        Was  Riceton, Texas Was  Malvern, Texas

 

Hawdon, Texas    Ghost town

 

House, Texas   Ghost town   [Also shown located at Arcola Sugar Mills]

 

Juliff, Texas  Ghost town

 

Trammells, Texas   Ghost town  

 

Emelia, Texas   Ghost town

 

Herman, Texas  Ghost town    

 

Burnside, Texas  Ghost town   

 

Sugar Land Junction, Texas  

 

DeWalt, Texas  Ghost town   [marker]  

                         There was a road from DeWalt to Thompsons but the bridge across the Brazos River was washed out.

 

Dyer, Texas   Ghost town  [Shown on 1936 map at a different location NW of  Rosenberg]

 

Hobby, Texas  Ghost town  same location as Blue Ridge, Texas   

 

Smada, Texas  Ghost town   Shown on the 1915 map  Located at Hwy 6 and old Mill Rd  [Firestone Store] in Sugarland,                                                                                  Texas

 

Stafford, Texas     [marker]  Was  Staffordsville   Was   Stafford's Point     

 

Coalson, Texas  Ghost town

 

Fifth Street, Texas   

 

Meadows, Texas  

 

Missouri City, Texas   [marker]   

 

Harlem, Texas   Ghost town   

 

Hodge's Bend, Texas   Ghost town

 

Sartartia, Texas   Was  Walker Station  Ghost town Shown on the 1915 map

 

Sugar Land, Texas  [marker]  

 

Convict Camp, Texas    Ghost town

 

Cabell, Texas  Ghost town  Shown on the 1915 map

 

Hickey, Texas  Ghost town  

                       Another part of the Sugar Land Railroad  ran west from Sugar Land to Cabell and then west to Hickey.

 

Cole    Ghost town   A  stop on the Sugar Land RR in 1925. Located between Cabell and  Sugar Land

 

Elmore   Ghost town  A  stop on the Sugar Land RR in 1925. Located between Cabell and  Sugar Land

 

Pryor   Ghost town    A  stop on the Sugar Land RR in 1925. Located between Cabell and  Sugar Land

 

Imperial, Texas    Ghost town   A  stop on the Sugar Land RR in 1925. Located between Cabell and  Sugar Land

 

Dorothy, Texas   Ghost town  

 

Riddick, Texas   Ghost town    

 

Clodine, Texas  [marker]  Shown on the 1915 map

 

Cinco Ranch, Texas   

 

Manchester, Texas  Ghost town  

 

Pecan Grove, Texas 

 

Foster Community, Texas  Ghost town   [marker]

 

Flewellen, Texas  Ghost town  

 

Fulshear, Texas    [marker]  

 

Rhemond, Texas  Ghost town  Located northeast of Simonton towards Pittsville or Fulshear.

 

Simonton, Texas  

 

Pittsville, Texas    [marker] Ghost town  

 

Fayetteville, Texas  Ghost town

 

Gaston, Texas  Ghost town  

 

Site of Thompson's Ferry    [marker]  

 

Oyster Creek

 

Civil War period Texas Star sword belt buckle found in southern Fort Bend County.              Model 1839 US belt buckle found near Duke, Texas.              Confederate Hat Star found at Sieana.                

 

The towns listed above were on the east side the Brazos River. The towns listed below were on the west side of the Brazos River. The first bridges built across the Brazos were railroad bridges,  starting in about 1875. To appreciate how this river divided the county, the next time you want to cross the river,  DON'T USE A BRIDGE.                    

 

Helinora, Texas  Ghost town

 

Thompsons, Texas    Was also Thompson's Switch  

 

Booth, Texas    [marker]  

 

Brazos Bend State Park  

 

Big Creek, Texas   Ghost town  On Sawmill Rd near Brazos Bend State Park

 

Crabb, Texas  Ghost town   

 

Greatwood, Texas  

 

Richmond, Texas  [marker]

 

Rosenberg, Texas  [marker]

 

Damon Junction

 

Cumings, Texas  Ghost town  

 

Pleak, Texas  

 

Fairchildes, Texas   [marker]

 

Needville, Texas  [marker]

 

Hanson, Texas    Ghost town

 

Long Point, Texas   Ghost town

 

Guy, Texas  

 

Sena Railroad Junction

 

Mooredale, Texas Ghost town Located south of Guy

 

Marlow, Texas  Ghost town   Also Marlow Point -Located south of Needville

 

Boone, Texas  Ghost Town   Located west by southwest of  Needville

 

Damon, Texas

 

Cottonwood, Texas   Ghost town

 

Beasley, Texas     [marker]  

 

Powell Point, Texas   Ghost town

 

Kendleton, Texas  [marker]

 

Tavener, Texas  Ghost town  

 

Randon, Texas     Ghost town  

 

Wenzell, Texas   Ghost town  Located near Randon

 

Orchard, Texas  [marker]  

 

Katy, Texas   Was located on State HWY 73, now known as I-10.

 

Cleveland, Texas      Ghost town in Fort Bend County   Location unknown

 

Germania, Texas      Ghost town in Fort Bend County  Location unknown

 

Vossville, Texas      Ghost town in Fort Bend County  Location unknown

 

1890 map sketch of east Fort Bend County

 

1915 map of east Fort Bend County

 

1936 map of Fort Bend County

 

1955 map of Fort Bend County

 

 


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1836 campaign and Pasadena Texas         Texas Atlas    


Slavery

Antebellum days

Treaties of Velasco

The excavation of Primitive life

Texas Declaration of Independence

How did Casper Wyoming obtain independence from Mexico?

The river flowing through Albuquerque vs. New Mexico's port of entry from Mexico.


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