Richmond is located on the banks of the Brazos river and is the county seat for Fort Bend County. You'll find Richmond just fifteen minutes outside of Houston, with US Highways 90A and 59 located conveniently nearby. The Southern Pacific Railroad and the historic Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railorad are also located nearby.
Richmond, Texas got its start in 1822 when a group of friends went with William W. Little and camped in the area. They were swiftly joined by members of Stephen Austin's Old Three Hundred and a fort was soon built that would become the center of Richmond. The small community hung on for several years until it had to be evacuated in 1836 due to the Runaway Scrape. Robert Eden Handy arrived in the area in 1837 with William Lusk and they began to sell lots in the town almost immediately.
Shortly after this, Fort Bend County was formed and Richmond was declared the county seat. Churches started going up in the town as more settlers poured into the area. The Methodist Episcopal Church was the first to open in 1839. The town newspaper first started printing in 1839 and things were off to a great start.
The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway ran their track through the town in 1855, further solidifying the town. Cotton plantations abounded and a shipping trade was born. During the Civil War, most of the residents fought for the South and the local economy dipped slightly. This changed after the war as many emancipated slaves flowed into the community. In 1867, federal troops were stationed in Richmond.
The town's population continued to grow, despite the efforts of a rival town, Rosenberg, which sprang up nearby. A popular railroad chose Rosenberg over Richmond, further fueling the animosity between towns. Things began to decline after this point, and a flood decimated the town in 1899.
Residents continued to struggle and made it through the Great Depression. Things improved during the 1940's as Houston became more popular and people were looking for a place to live outside of the city. Richmond slowly shifted from an agricultural community to a bedroom community during this time. The expansion continued through the 1990's as more people selected Richmond for their home. Currently, the population is estimated at around 9,801 residents.
There are many interesting things to see and do in Richmond, Texas. The Morton Cemetery is a celebrated historical site, as well as the 1883 John Moore Home, the Long-Smith Cottage, the MacFarlane Visitors Center and many more sites. You'll also find several museums such as the Confederate Museum and the Fort Bend Historical Museum located right in Richmond.
If you're looking for a quiet town that is rich in historical significance, Richmond, Texas is a great place to find an apartment that's just minutes from Houston.
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