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DUKE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Fort Bend County, Texas Gulf Coast

29 30' 17" N, 95 29' 10" W (29.504722, -95.486111)
Highway 6
E of Richmond
Public access blocked by a fence since January 2014

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Duke TX Fort Bend Co 1895 Postmark , town & post office info
Duke TX Fort Bend Co 1895 Postmark
Cover canceled with Duke TX 1895 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Three historical markers (on Hwy 6 in Arcola) on Duke Community and pioneer settlers:

Historical Marker (in Arcola, Hwy 6, E of Post Oak Blvd.)

Duke Community

In 1824, Old Three-Hundred settlers David Fitzgerald, Thomas Barnett and Moses Shipman received land grants in this area. Fitzgerald fought at Anahuac in 1832; Barnett signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. This location on the northeastern high bluff of Clear Lake, an ample supply of water for steam engines, led to the construction of railroads here by the mid-1800s.

Duke was terminus of the Sugar Land Railway for loading sugarcane. The area developed as a major shipping point with a store, hotel, livestock pen, and sugar mills. It was named for Duke Hessey, the storekeeper. Duke had a post office from 1883 to 1922; the first Postmaster was J.R. Fenn. Today, Duke Cemetery is the only remnant of this once-thriving community.
(2008)

Historical Marker (in Arcola, Hwy 6, E of Post Oak Blvd.)

The Fitzgerald and Fenn Families

David Fitzgerald, a veteran of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, came to Texas from Georgia in 1821.His son-in-law, Eli Fenn, followed in 1832. Fenn served during the Texas Revolution and signed the 1837 petition for the creation of Fort Bend County. An expert in natural remedies, his wife Sarah aided sick residents. One of their sons, John R. Fenn, was a war veteran, Duke's first Postmaster and a businessman. His wife, Rebecca (Williams), was a charter member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. F.M.O. Fenn, John and Rebecca's eldest child, served as County Attorney and later as Justice of the Peace. In 1893, the Sons of the Republic of Texas organized in his office in Richmond. Sarah, John R. and Rebecca Fenn are buried in the Duke Cemetery.
(2008)

Historical Marker (in Arcola, Hwy 6, E of Post Oak Blvd.)

Daniel Perry

Daniel Perry, an early area settler, was born in 1791 in Mississippi. He came to Texas in 1832 with his wife Eliza Whitehead and two sons. He was widowed and in 1833 married Louisa Ann Morton. They had four children and lived on her inherited land on the David Fitzgerald League. Perry joined the Texas Army as a captain and recruiter. He fought at the Battle of San Jacinto and then served in the Republic of Texas Navy. In 1837, Perry signed the petition for the creation of Fort Bend County. After being widowed again, he married Jane Hamblen in 1851. He was a rancher, farmer and administrator of several estates. His cattle brand was 7P. Perry died in 1869 and was buried in the Duke Cemetery beside Louisa Ann and two of their children.
(2008)

TX  Fort Bend County 1907 Postal Map
Fort Bend County 1907 postal map showing Duke (E of Richmond),
nearby Arcola & ghost town Juliff (near Brazoria County line)
From Texas state map #2090

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Related Topics: Texas Railroads

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