The town of Sweeny, TX is located about twenty miles southwest of Angleton in Brazoria County on Farm Roads 1459 and 524. It is also known as Adamston and you’ll find the Missouri Pacific Railroad right near the town.
One of Stephen Austin’s Old Three Hundred, Imla Keep, received a league of land that included what is now Sweeny. Keep was a doctor and arrived in Texas with the Groce family. When Keep returned to his home in Louisiana he sold his land to Martin Varner.
It is believed that the town was named for John Sweeny, who arrived in Texas in 1833. Sweeny brought his entire family and 250 slaves with him from Tennessee.
He later purchased the original Imla Keep league from Varner in 1835. To this day, his original home is still standing in Sweeny and one of his descendents still lives there. The home is marked by a Texas Historical Society medallion and is one of the oldest buildings in the area.
Through the next decades, the town began to attract more settlers and was briefly known as Adamston after the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad laid track in the area in 1905. The first post office was built in 1895, and closed two years later. When it was reopened in 1909, the town took the name of Sweeny.
True development of the community began in 1910 when the R.D. McDonald Bernard River Land Development Company purchased a large amount of acreage in the town. They divided it up into lots and began selling it to new settlers.
Another developer, Burton D. Hurd of the Burton D. Hurd Land Development Company purchased more land and divided it up into ten-acre plots that were promoted as garden farms and billed as having “soil richer than the valley of the Nile.”
Oil was soon discovered in the area and the town began to prosper. The city park was constructed in 1967. A new civic center and a public library were built and these developments were funded in part by the Phillips Petroleum Company and finally completed by 1983.
By 1990, 3,297 people called Sweeny home. Many of the residents are employed in the nearby oil fields or commute to Houston. Sweeny’s located in the middle of oil field and close by to Houston have made the town a mainly residential community. It is a historic area that is rich in Texas lore, and it makes a great place to rent an apartment.
There are many different events held throughout the year in Sweeny, and historical sites are plentiful in the town and throughout the county. You’ll be able to find plenty of things to see and do in Sweeny and nearby Houston, all within minutes of your new apartment.
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