Ames was originally known as Rachal Station, in honor of Darius Ciriaque Rachal, a pioneer. It was later renamed Ames, after a section foreman on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. The exact date of the founding is not known, but it is believed that the town existed prior to the Civil War.
Ames hosted a flag station during this war and a station was built in the town in 1890. In 1915, a Catholic rectory was built, but the population of the town stayed low. In 1930, only 25 residents lived in Ames. It took until 1945 for the county to set up a voting box in the town for the residents.
The town was incorporated in 1972, by a vote of 69-8. During this time period, the population of the town grew to around 350. This went up during the 1980’s and many new businesses came into Ames. The last estimate in 1990 placed the population of Ames at around 989 residents.
You’ll find Ames, TX on the junction of Farm Road 1909 and US Highway 90 in the south central portion of Liberty County. Beaumont, TX is located just 42 miles away and Houston is also nearby.
Although Ames is small, there are many different attractions in the surrounding areas to keep you busy. Residents of Ames prefer the peacefulness of their quiet community and many of them commute to their jobs in larger cities. If you’re looking to get away from the stress of city life, but you still need to work in a large city, Ames is conveniently located to allow you this luxury.
Houston has many different things to offer, and its proximity to Ames makes it within a quick drive. You’ll find many different shops and restaurants that are perfect for a day or night on the town, and you’ll be able to return to your apartment in just a few minutes. In addition to specialty shops, there are world class department stores in Houston, that offer some of the finest merchandise once only found on the east or west coasts.
If you want to learn more about the history of Texas, there are numerous museums in the surrounding areas. The San Jacinto Battlegrounds are close to Houston and offer the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Texas’ founding fathers and mothers. In Houston, you’ll find many historic sites and museums as well as educational centers.
Space enthusiasts will appreciate the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center that is located outside of Houston, as well as the space center in Houston and Astroworld/Waterworld.
Whether you are looking for a nice place to raise a family, or you just want to slow down a little, Ames, TX is a great place to find an apartment and enjoy all that Texas has to offer.
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