in a Pecan Shell
Altair had its
beginnings in the 1880s and was granted a post office in 1888. The
town had originally been named Stafford's Ranch after the prosperous
and influential Stafford family of Columbus.
But to avoid postal confusion with Stafford, Texas (in nearby Fort
Bend County), it was renamed Altair in 1890.
The Texas and New Orleans Railroad arrived in 1890 but Altair never
fully developed due to the proximity to the county seat of Columbus
- just 9 miles north. Altair had a mere 200 people in the 1960s which
declined to only 80 in the 1980s.
In the 1990s a rice-drying facility and some short-lived businesses
occupied the site, but the population has been estimated at 30 since
| "Andy Griffith,
Marvin Tyler, and Sam Snead (professional golfer), goose hunting near
Altair, 1970. The hunt was filmed and broadcast as an episode of the
television series 'American Sportsman.'"
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library #01952
most noticable structures.TE Photos, July 2004
the Colorado near Altair
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, July 2005
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