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RAYWOOD, TEXAS

Liberty County, Texas Gulf Coast
Highway 90 and FM 770
36 miles W of Beaumont
Population 231 (2000)

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Raywood, Texas store





A store near Raywood
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally settled in the 1830s, Raywood experienced the various adventures and misadventures of its neighboring southeast Texas communities until the 1890s when a man named Alex Miller introduced rice farming in 1890.

Raymond Harwood was the proprietor of the local rice mill and the town was named by combining his two names. Raywood was platted alongside the Texas and New Orleans Railroad in December 1893. A post office was granted in 1894. The population ranged from 100 to 125 until oil and gas was discovered in the mid-50s.

The late discovery occured when automated drilling methods had long been in place - so the "boom" only amounted to a doubling of the small population.
Raywood, Texas grain elevators




Raywood's landmark
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grain elevator in Raywood, Texas

Another grain elevator near Raywood

Today Raywood's most noticable landmark is the rice elevators - shown above.

Raywood Chronicles
  • Turtle Bayou Resolutions by Archie P. McDonald
    ( "All Things Historical" Column)

    "Turtle Bayou originates just west of Raywood in Liberty County and flows, eighteen miles away, into Lake Anahuac. Angry Texans camped near that bayou in June 1832, trying to figure out how to gain the release of William Barret Travis and Patrick Jack, who had been arrested in Anahuac by Mexican post commander Juan David Bradburn. ... " more

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  • My family settled in Raywood generations ago.. and no one seems to know where this store is. Perhaps you had already reached the next town, Devers? The rice dryer with the office building looks familiar, but is not in Raywood. Again... maybe in Devers? Thanks. - Cheryl Donatto, January 20, 2005

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    John Troesser
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