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WHARTON, TEXAS

Wharton County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast
Hwy 59
57 miles SW of Houston
66 miles NE of Victoria
Hwy 102
6 miles from Glen Flora
11 miles from Egypt
Population: 8, 799 (2010)

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Wharton, Texas flood 1940s
Mayberry goes wild!
Flooding in Wharton circa 1935. Photo courtesy TXDoT
Historical Marker:

City of Wharton

The town of Wharton was founded as the seat of Wharton County in April 1846. Land for a courthouse, named Monterey Square, was given from the land grant of William Kincheloe, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists who settled in this area in 1822. The townsite was surveyed by Virgel Stewart and William J. E. Heard, and the rich farmland attracted many settlers. The advent of railroads and irrigation brought increased settlement to the town, which remains a center of agricultural, educational, industrial, and medical services for a large area.
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Wharton, Texas - cottonseed train and mule wagons
Railroads – "The cottonseed train arrives at the Wharton depot. Mule wagons unload their wares in the late summer days following the cotton harvest and ginning. Millions of dollars came to Wharton for cotton in the latter part of the 1800’s."
Photo courtesy Wharton County Historical Museum
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Only one county from Houston and one county from the coast, Wharton is in a somewhat enviable position. As Houston extends into Ft. Bend County, Wharton has time to study the changes from a safe distance.

Its inland location has and continues to provide fertile land for a variety of crops and grazing land for cattle. We at TE are sold on Wharton's attitude on preservation and its extraordinary potential. They still have all of the important elements (courthouse, depot, jail, theater) a town needs, along with the Colorado River complete with park, restaurant, and bridge.

Wharton, Texas Attractions & Landmarks

Wharton County Courthouse, Wharton  Texas
Photo courtesy Steve Stephens, 2006
Wharton County Courthouse
  • The Wharton County Historical Museum: Located at 3615 Richmond Road. 409-532-2600. Hours: 9:30 - 4:30 Tues. through Fri., and Sat. 1-4. Knowledgeable staff and interesting exhibits covering all facets of Wharton County history.
  • The 1930 Highway 59 bridge has recently been repainted a handsome green. It was chosen as the photo to accompany the introductory text in the LCRA 2000 Calendar. Just downstream is Riverfront Park and the large building in between is the soon-to-be-opened (January 2000) Los Cucos Restaurant.
  • Antique shops in Wharton as well as nearby Glen Flora and Egypt.
  • The Colorado River Band: Dr. Lowell Miller, formally of Houston, was instrumental in organizing this 100-member group which performs at City functions and events. A sub-group called The Brass Ensemble does weddings and funerals.
  • The Plaza Theater (on the square) has recently been restored to its former glory and now hosts live musical performances as well as theatrical productions.
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Wharton TX - Rutan Vari Eze Display
    Rutan Vari Eze Display
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Colorado River Bridge
    Wharton TX - Tee Pee Motel
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Little Tee Pee(s) on the Prairie
    Wharton TX - City of Wharton Historical Marker
    City of Wharton Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

    Wharton Nearby Destinations:

  • Glen Flora: Halfway to Egypt on FM 102 West, you'll find a cluster of antique shops and a restaurant. The rest of the town consists of comfortable yards and homes under huge pecan trees so regularly spaced that it must have been a pecan grove at one time.
  • Egypt: Although it's not large, this picturesque village is reminiscent of the Pennsylvania Amish Country. A small cemetery, an empty silo and lots of barns, as well as the general store/barbecue outlet make this a place worth the 12 mile drive from Wharton.
  • Columbus / Alleyton: Continue on FM 102 North another 28 miles to I-10 El Campo: Wharton County's "Second City" was named after the site where vaqueros would camp while cutting grass for their cattle. Many brick buildings surround the park where herds rested on their way to Northern Markets. Just off Highway 59, 14 miles South of Wharton.
  • Danevang: A Danish farming community now mostly a large cemetery. Large obelisk next to the church details the history of the town, including storms, and the date the first tractor was bought - all carved in stone. On Highway 71; 19 miles south of El Campo
  • Wharton Personalities

  • Sheriff "Buckshot" Lane
  • Marshal Pitman by Mike Cox
    Walter W. Pitman’s good luck held for more than half a century. Not everything went his way, but in big-stake deals the figurative roulette wheel of life generally spun in his favor...

  • When Hollywood Came to Wharton by Robert G. Cowser
    I do not regret sending the photographs my brother R. L. took of Lee Remick and Steve McQueen to the college library in Wharton...
  • Wharton locomotive
    Not all Whartonians became award-winning playwrights or network anchormen like Horton Foote and Dan Rather.
    Some were content being human cow-catchers.

    Courtesy of Wharton County Museum
    Texas school bus vintage photo
    First East Bernard School Bus circa 1928
    Courtesy Wharton County Chamber of Commerce
    Wharton County Texas - Hanging in 1910
    "Hangman’s Day – In 1910 a crowd gathered around the scaffolding adjacent to the Wharton Jail for a hanging."
    Photo courtesy Wharton County Historical Museum.
    See Wharton County Old Photos
    Steamboat in Texas
    Early Wharton County steamboat
    Courtesy Wharton County Chamber of Commerce
    Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture

    225 North Richmond Road
    979-532-1862. E-mail: torieblakely@sbcglobal.net
    Website - www.whartontexas.com
    Located in the beautiful brick Dr. T. M. Neal Building (circa 1912), the enthusiastic and efficient staff can provide you with brochures for dining, antiquing, and shopping as well as an excellent History pamphlet on the town, the county, and the Wharton Brothers.

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