Pphoto courtesy Shirley McMillan
a Pecan Shell
of significant historic events:
1902: Asher Richardson was a rancher who built the town after buying
a huge tract of land in a special state sale. He formed the Asherton
Land and Irrigation Company which was to develop 48,000-acres.
1905: Telephone service was connected and construction began on essential
1909: The town was granted a post office
1910: The Asherton and Gulf
Railway began running
1915: The population reaches 1,000 people, with a bank, hotels, blacksmiths,
three stores and a lumber yard.
town is incorporated.
1927: Asherton becomes one of the largest producers of Bermuda
onions in the U. S.
1929: The population reaches 2,000, but begins a slow decline that
lasts until the 1950s.
1954: Asherton has 2,425 people.
Texas Historic Landmark:
c.1910, designed by architect Alfred Giles
823 Forest Avenue
Photo Courtesty Jason
noted San Antonio
architect Alfred Giles and built in 1910, this imposing structure
was the home of Asher Richardson and his wife, Mary Isabelle (Belle).
Richardson developed the town of Asherton, routing his railroad,
the Asherton and Gulf Railway Co., through the city in 1905. Christened
with a combination of the Richardsons' first names, the house has
remained in the family for generations. An architectural hybrid
with some prairie school style influences, Bel-Asher features native
sandstone construction and large projecting eaves.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990
courtesy Shirley McMillan
offices had originally been in Carrizo
From 1905 to 1909 the railroad was known as the Nueces Valley,
Rio Grande and Mexico Railway Company.
In 1909, 12 miles of track opened between Artesia
Wells and Light, Texas and before the year was over, the last
20 miles between Light and Asherton were completed... more
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My first 10
years of life was in Asherton, TX. Those were wonderful years. -
Shirley McMillan, September 03, 2014
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