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EGYPT, TEXAS

The oldest community in Wharton County
Wharton County,
Texas Gulf Coast
Farm Road 102
Houston US 59 South 61 miles to Wharton,
then FM102 North 11 miles through Glen Flora

Population: (estimated) 26

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Egypt Texas post office
The Former Egypt Post Office
TE photo 2001
History in a Pecan shell

John C. Clark was the first settler in the area in 1822.

Robert Kuykendall, Thomas Rabb and John Clark were the three landowners for a large part of what is now Wharton, Colorado and Fayette Counties. They were among the first of the "Old 300".

The land along the Colorado River was Karankawa Indian Country and these three men became Indian fighters - making settlement of the land possible.
Egypt old store
An old store
TE photo 2001
Old plantation in Egypt Texas
Structures at Egypt
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A timeline of significant historical events in Egypt

1829: Eli Mercer established Mercer's Crossing - a plantation and ferry on the Colorado. After providing corn to the drought-stricken area, people started calling it Egypt for the biblical reference.
1832: William J. E. Heard started Egypt Plantation on land he purchased from John C. Clark and built his home in Egypt. The land is still owned by his heirs today.
1835: The post office was opened with Eli Mercer as postmaster. Egypt became a central point since four different Texas mail routes were passing through the town.
1836: Heard established a cotton gin and Captain Thomas Rabb recruited a company of men that became Co. F of the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers. At San Jacinto, Company F captured the Mexican artillery.
1837: The republic opened Post Colorado at Egypt.
cemetery in Egypt, Texas
The Heard/ Northington Family Cemetery at Egypt
TE photo 2001
1839: a stagecoach line, operated by Andrew Northington, served Egypt. Northington was the son-in-law of Heard.
1846: Egypt becomes part of the newly established Wharton County breaking away from Colorado County.
1848: Entrepreneurs in Egypt built a mule (or horse) drawn railroad to Columbus.
Egypt Texas old barn
A well-ventilated barn at Egypt
TE photo 2001
1881: George H. Northington and Green C. Duncan built a large general store in Egypt. The post office moved to the new store when it was built and remained there for 100 years.

During the 1930s until World War II - a racetrack operated in Egypt.

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John Troesser

Egypt Texas Forum

My grandparents once lived in Egypt, Texas where my paternal grandfather owned a meat market. This market stood close to a saloon which ordered sausages from the S.M. Gupton shop. In order to increase his sales of beer the saloon keeper would implore my grandfather with these words. "Make that sausage salty Buff". - Hank Gupton Anahuac, Texas, July 12, 2006
 
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