a Pecan Shell
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
Today Raywood's most noticable landmark is the rice elevators.
Photo courtesy Janette Carrell
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. ... " Read
Raywood Grain Elevator
[About the] comment that the photo of the rice dryers in Raywood,
TX looked familiar, but are not in Raywood, perhaps in Devers, TX.
I would like to submit a photo that I took of the rice dryers that
are authentic, as I took the photo myself. Not sure of the year,
but I can tell it was right before Christmas, as they always put
a lighted Christmas tree on top of the dryer at that time. Growing
up, we lived just south of the dryer and it was the biggest excitement
at night for mother to look out the kitchen window and exclaim,
"Oh, the Christmas Tree is up"! - Thank you! - Janette Carrell,
Houston, TX (born and
reared in Raywood, TX), May 26, 2016
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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