About twelve miles from Angleton, TX you’ll find Oyster Creek, an incorporated community located on State Highway 523 and the Missouri Pacific Line in Brazoria County.
The history of Oyster Creek begins when Sam Hudgins arrived in the area with several other cattlemen. They set up the settlement and it gradually evolved into several cotton and sugar plantations. The exact date of the start of Oyster Creek is not known, but by the late 1880’s a Methodist mission church had been built and a one-room schoolhouse provided an education for the area’s children.
In 1890, the community began to grow, thanks to the efforts of two brothers who began promoting lots. These brothers, known as Horn and Horn came up with a unique sales pitch. For every five lots of land that someone purchased in Oyster Creek, one lot of land in Velasco was given. This promotion paid off and many new settlers arrived.
Even though the promotion paid off, the Horn brothers were soon facing difficulty. They were both arrested for mail embezzlement. One of the brothers was sent to prison and the other ended up committing suicide by slashing his own throat.
The flood of 1915 convinced a few settlers to leave the area, but by 1936 a factory, a church and many houses were still located at the townsite. The industrial development of Texas during the 1940’s helped the community hang on. Oyster Creek became part of the Brazosport Industrial and Port Area in 1944.
The population increased, and was estimated at 574 residents with six businesses and ten churches by 1956. Ten years later, these businesses had closed, but the population increased again to 700. The latest estimate in 1990 showed that around 912 people are currently calling Oyster Creek home.
As the businesses closed in Oyster Creek, many of the residents began commuting to jobs in nearby Houston. This has changed the community from a largely industrial based town to more of a bedroom community. The expansion of Houston convinced many people to look for apartments outside the city and Oyster Creek enjoys a great location. With its many historical sites and places of interest, Oyster Creek has become the perfect residential community.
Nearby Angleton has much to offer. There are several golf courses and the annual golf tournament draws onlookers from all over the county. You’ll also find several festivals, such as the Heritage Banquet, which celebrates the people that first settled the area and the history that they created.
There are also many different clubs, museums and churches located in Angleton, making Oyster Creek conveniently located not only to all that is going on in Angleton, but also Houston.
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