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RICHMOND, TEXAS


Fort Bend County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast

29 34' 51" N, 95 45' 47" W (29.580833, -95.763056)

Hwy 59 and U.S. Highway 90A

30 miles SW of downtown Houston
NE of Rosenberg
8 miles W of Sugar Land
19 miles E of East Bernard
ZIP codes 77406, 77407, 77469
Area code 281/346/713/832
Population: 12,578 Est. (2019)
11,679 (2010) 2000 11,081 (2000) 9,801 (1990)

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Richmond TX Depot
Richmond Depot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

Deaf Smith, Mirabeau B. Lamar and Jane Long were once Richmond residents. Jane Long is buried in the cemetery and there is a statue of Lamar directly in front of the courthouse.
A timeline of Richmond history:

1822: First settlers arrived, closely followed by members of Austin's "Old 300" The settlement was named after a log fortification on a bend of the Brazos River - the location was an important ford on the river.
1836: Evacuated during "The Runaway Scrape"
1837: The town is platted, promoted and named after Richmond, England. Incorporated in May of 1837 and becoming county seat when Fort Bend County was organized later in the year.
1839: First newspaper - the Richmond Telescope and Texas Literary Register, was published
1842: First courthouse built
1853: Yellow Fever epidemic hits Richmond
1855: The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railroad arrives
1866: Freedman's Bureau opens when enamcipated slaves leave plantations and move to the city
1867: Union occupation troops stationed at Richmond
1871: New Courthouse
1878: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe RR bypasses Richmond by 3 miles - giving birth to Rosenburg, Texas
1888: First bridge across the Brazos is built
1893: First steel bridge is built
1899: Brazos floods
1908: Fourth County Courthouse
1920s: Population is 1,273. Oil discoveries add to the economy - rice, sugar and cotton are main crops
After WWII, the more mobile population moved to Houston for better jobs. The population was stagnant until people started commuting from Houston in the 1970s.

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Richmond, Texas
Landmarks / Attractions



Richmond TX - 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2006
Fort Bend County Courthouse

  • John Moore Home, c. 1883
  • Long-Smith Cottage
  • Confederate Museum
  • Fort Bend Historical Museum: 500 Houston Street

  • Richmond Texas - Fort Bend County jail
    Former Ft. Bend County Jail c. 1896
    Just SW of downtown Richmond - across the tracks.

    TE photo, 2001

    Fort Bend County Jail

    Completed in 1897, this structure was the third jail building in Fort Bend County. Built to communicate strength and justice to the area's lawless elements, the imposing Romanesque revival style structure features terra cotta decoration and massive arches. The interior included living quarters for the sheriff and a third floor gallows. It served as the Fort Bend County Jail until 1955.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1985

    Richmond Texas - Fort Bend County jail
    Fort Bend County jail architectural details
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Tx - Historic Building
    Richmond historic building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009


    Richmond Tx - Classic Building
    Richmond classic building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009


    Richmond Tx - Lamar Statue
    Mirabeau Lamar Statue
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

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    Richmond Texas Historic Home - McNabb House
    Historic Home - McNabb House
    TE photo


    Richmond Texas - McNabb House Historical Marker
    McNabb House Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009


    Richmond Texas Historic House
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond Tx - Love Ministries Church
    Love Ministries Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

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    Richmond Tx Tin Man Water tower
    Richmond Water Tower
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

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    Richmond Tx - Old Garage
    Old Garage
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009


    Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Texas
    Photo courtesy Teri Brown, 2004
    Morton Cemetery


    Four-spanned Railroad Thru Truss Bridge
    over Brazos River


    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge

    Railroad Thru Truss Bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009



    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge
    The Four-spanned Railroad Thru Truss Bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009


    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009



    Richmond TX - Brazos River Railroad thru truss bridge

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009



    Railroad bridge over Brazos River, Richmond Texas
    Railroad bridge over the Brazos
    TE photo, 2001


    Richmond Tx - Charred Outhouse
    Outhouse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Richmond, Texas Chronicles
  • Jaybird-Woodpecker War by Archie P. McDonald
    ("All Things Historical" Column)

    "In Fort Bend County, a silhouette of the jaybird symbolized the Redeemer portion of the Democratic Party and the woodpecker represented those who had flourished during Radical Republican reconstruction, who also had begun to call themselves Democrats by the 1880s." more

  • TX  Fort Bend County 1907 Postal Map
    1907 postal map showing Richmond, Rosenberg, and
    the Brazos River running through Fort Bend County
    (From Texas state map #2090)

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Richmond, Texas Nearby Towns/Cities:
    Rosenberg
    Sugar Land
    East Bernard
    Houston
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