At the junction of Farm Roads 359 and 1093, is the town of Fulshear, TX, in the northern portion of Fort Bend County. This area is rich in Texas history and culture and the town has an interesting story.
One of Stephen Austin’s Old Three Hundred, Churchill Fulshear, built a plantation in the area in the mid 1800’s. An agricultural community was soon begun and revolved around Fulshear’s cotton gin and flour mill. This balance was maintained until 1888, when Churchill Fulshear, Jr. granted the right of way to the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway through his land.
Pittsville, TX had refused right of way to the railroad and when it went through Fulshear instead, many of the Pittsville residents moved. By 1890, a plan had been set into motion for the town and a post office was granted. Although it is thought that a school house may have been in the area as early as 1855, it took until 1893 for the Fulshear school district to be formed.
A Methodist church was built in Fulshear in 1894, and as of 1988, it was still standing. During this time, the population went up to 250 residents, eleven stores, a hotel, the school and three saloons. This changed in 1910 when a fire decimated the downtown area, destroying an entire block of businesses.
The town recovered quickly and within a few years the residents of Fulshear were complaining that it was too crowded to walk on the sidewalks of the town. By 1929, the population was estimated at 300 residents and ten stores, but this number fell to around 100 residents in 1933, most likely due to the Great Depression that swept the country during this time period. The schools in the town, which had been segregated up to this point, were merged into the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in 1948
When Houston began expanding during the 1970’s new life was injected into Fulshear. The town incorporated during the first portion of the 1980’s and it maintained its local agricultural economy. The main agricultural products are cattle, poultry, corn, rice, soybeans and cotton.
In 1990, 557 people called Fulshear home and there were over twelve businesses operating. Many of the residents commute to Houston and other areas, returning home to the community at night. There are enough businesses in town to make Fulshear convenient, and Houston is just a few minutes away.
Fulshear has plenty of historical sites, parks and places to relax, and you’ll be able to find even more in Houston. If you enjoy professional sports, golf, horseracing, motor sports, amusement parks or relaxing at a nature park, Houston has plenty of opportunities for you. Fulshear is a great place to rent an apartment that is located in a quiet community, just minutes from all of the action in Houston.
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