Peter Martin: The First African American Cowboy

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY  |  By Joan Frances – Fort Bend County has prolific stories of people who made a historical impact on society despite race, color or nationality. Settlers who had purpose and drive to be successful even when the community worked against them. Since he was a boy, Peter...

The Life and Adventures of Henry Jones

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – Historically, notable people who are identified with Stephen F. Austin’s “Old Three Hundred” colony are credited to be the first settlers of Fort Bend County. Researchers explore information to better understand the trials and tribulations the early...

Richmond Railroad Depot: The Center of Early City Life

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – In the historic past of Fort Bend County, the single most significant influence on the increase of transportation, commerce and growth for every city in the area was the railroad. When the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railroad were chartered on...

A History of Diversity George Ranch Honors Black Cowboy Legacy at First Annual Rodeo

By Steve Nelson – It’s become a well-known fact, symbolic of recent growth in our area: Fort Bend County is now the nation’s most diverse county. Our mix of residents, while perhaps surprising to outsiders with stereotypical views of Texas, is part of the unique fabric of the region we all call...

Rosenberg, Humble Beginnings and Celebrated Success

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – Think back, way back. It’s 1883 in Rosenberg Texas. Henry Rosenberg, President of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, purchased 200 acres of land. He had them platted around a city square between the river and the railroad. At first, Main Street was a...

The Fort Bend County Jail: A Magnificent Historical Monument

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – When visitors drive through downtown Richmond for the first time, they immediately are drawn to a large regal building, with stunning red bricks and white McNeal limestone accents. It is the only building of its kind in the area and has a presence of...

The Ebell House: A tribute to the Heritage of Rosenberg

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – The history of Fort Bend County encompasses the people who helped in the development and growth of communities. When the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Companies built passage through Rosenberg, the train depot became the hub of the downtown. A...

The Development of Communication and Travel in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – We live in a productive society where focus is on spontaneous communication and traveling without delay. It is difficult to fathom the world without these options. In the early years of Fort Bend County, residents depended on personal engagements and...

A Landmark in the Sky

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – When the cities of Fort Bend County began to prosper, roads, lighting and water were top a priority. The city government began creating a clear path into and out of the community. Lights were tactically placed to welcome visitors into the downtown area....

Fort Bend’s Historic Truss Bridges

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – When Fort Bend County was established in early 1837, a log fort built at the bend of the Brazos River, known as the nucleus of the settlement, set progress in motion. Transportation was the key to commerce and development. Natural animal crossings guided...

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