The Cattle Industry and Branding in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – When the early settlers of Fort Bend County began prospering in the area, growing cotton and raising cattle was a top priority. Unlike premium priced cotton acreage, grazing land was relatively inexpensive. As cities grew and ranches emerged, the...

Christmas Traditions in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Photos by the Fort Bend County Museum Association. Christmas is the most anticipated and celebrated holiday of the year for many people. Both religiously and secularly, people around the world observe this special day with traditions and customs. Most Americans...

Early Settlers and Thanksgiving in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – The gathering of family and friends during Thanksgiving is one of the most memorable times of the year. Thanksgiving is a secular holiday that is celebrated nationally by almost every culture and religion. People prepare food in advance and recite...

The Mystery of the Graves at Old Orchard Drive

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances –  Abandoned graveyards have always been a fascination for historians. They dig deep to unearth the stories of the past in an attempt to uncover the fortitude of the working man and the roots of the community. Many of these tales are handed down from...

The Railroad Museum: Preserving Rosenberg’s History

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – There are events in the history of Fort Bend County that are considered pivotal to its growth and expansion. Stephen F. Austin and the Old Three Hundred settlers were the first to see the value in the area’s terrain and climate, and they initiated farming...

Alligators in Fort Bend

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Images from American Alligator the Southern United States – The year 2016 is proving to be historical for the Fort Bend County community. For the first time since 1957, the Brazos River crested and overflowed to a record level, flooding areas of Richmond...

Civil War Repercussions in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY  | By Joan Frances | Images from Fort Bend County Texas – When settlers came to Fort Bend County, they had the benefit of mild winters, copious acres of fertile soil, ample water and abundant wildlife. By 1850, there were 109 farms with a total of 10,892 acres of land to...

Fort Bend County: A Fusion of Culture and Traditions

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – When settlers came to live along the Brazos River in Fort Bend County in the early 1820s, the 300 families who received land grants from the Spanish Government had one thing in common: They were all a part of the Anglo-American colonization of Texas. This...

Tatonka: The Spirit Animal of Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY |  By Joan Frances – Imagine life 200 years ago. You are standing on a mountain, discerning the vast acres of land before you. The breeze caresses your face, and the sun warms the earth. The spaciousness is a sight to see – so peaceful and quiet, just the wind and free...

The Legacy, The Legend, The Texas Cowboy

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – The word “cowboy” conjures up the image of a strong, burley, unshaven cattle rustler chewing tobacco and wearing a wide-brimmed hat and chaps. His home is outdoors next to a roaring fire, and in the morning, he sips strong coffee and waits for the sun...

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