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...

Christmas Traditions from Germany

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – Christmas is the most celebrated holiday of the year. Highly anticipated thoughts of Santa Claus bringing gifts consume the minds of small children. Exploring the attic to find hidden treasures for the Christmas tree and the smell of delectable food...

Buried Treasures of the Past

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Photos courtesy of the Fort Bend Archaeological Society – Discovering history is like a mystery waiting to be solved. Finding artifacts of the past in old buildings, abandoned homes and buried deep in the soil is an exciting adventure for historians. When...

Decker Park: A Gateway to Preserving the History of Richmond

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – Historical landmarks are a reminder of the layers of imbedded stories of people and events that shaped the future. Triumphs and tragedies, each incident chronicles the steps residents took to thrive and survive in difficult times. The City of Richmond has...

The Civil War and Confederate Soldiers of Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Photos from The Civil War: A Visual History – During the winter of 1861 when the American Civil War began, Fort Bend County residents took a stand to fight for the Confederacy. The city of Houston became the headquarters for the Confederate district of...

Richmond State Supported Living Center: A History of Dignity and Respect

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – In the early 1800s, when the leaders of Fort Bend County sat down to structure the most essential needs of the community, schooling was a top priority. Public schools were implemented to teach students the basic necessities of reading, writing and...

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